22 JANUARY 2019

A Lurcher has been reunited with her family again after being stolen from her owner’s garden in Sandbach, Cheshire, last October with the help of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in Old Windsor and the Public Protection Partnership’s (PPP) Animal Warden Service.

Two-year-old Tinker was brought into Battersea’s Berkshire centre after she was found wandering the streets, frightened and alone, over 170 miles away from home, in Finchampstead, Wokingham, on Boxing Day.

Luckily, Tinker had a microchip. However, when Mandy Dorman, the PPP Animal Warden who found Tinker, contacted the chipped details she discovered that it was the dog’s breeder, who is no longer her owner, that was registered to her chip. It was clear that reuniting the dog with her family would not be an easy task.

Thankfully, the breeder had mutual friends with Tinker’s owners and managed to alert them. Tinker’s owner was hugely relieved, as their dog had been stolen from her three months beforehand.

Upon hearing the news, Tinker’s owner Laura Pryce made the 345 mile-round trip to collect Tinker and bring her home.

Tinker’s owner, Laura Pryor, said: “When Tinker was taken from our garden we are all absolutely devastated. Even though she’s a dog, Tinker is absolutely part of our family and having to spend Christmas without her at home was awful. When I got the call to say she’d been found I was overjoyed to know that she was safe.”

Even though the process wasn’t straightforward, it was all thanks to Tinker’s microchip that she was able to be traced back to her owners.

It became compulsory for all owners to have their dog microchipped in 2016.

Each month, Battersea logs around 300 reports of lost dogs and cats and reunites over 1000 animals with their owners every year.

Kaye Mughal, Centre Manager at Battersea Old Windsor said: “While we will never know exactly what happened to Tinker and how she ended up so far away from home, the main thing is that she’s now back with her family, where she belongs. All of us at Battersea are happy to have been able to keep Tinker safe, warm and happy before Laura came for her.” 

“We’d definitely remind dog owners to ensure that their dog is microchipped and that their chip details are up to date so that if they ever do go missing, you can be reunited with them as soon as possible.”

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Notes to editors

  • Microchipping has been a legal requirement ever since it was introduced on 6 April 2016.
  • Battersea published its third report in August 2018, read it here - Microchipping Two Years On – 2018: Where It Matters Most.
  • Battersea is here for every dog and cat, and has been since 1860. Since it was founded over 150 years ago, Battersea has rescued, reunited and rehomed over 3.1 million dogs and cats.
  • We believe that every dog and cat deserves the best. That’s why we aim to never turn away a dog or cat in need.
  • In 2017, Battersea helped over 7,000 dogs and cats.
  • Battersea cares for an average of 300 dogs and 200 cats across its three centres at any one time.
  • There is no time limit on how long an animal can stay at Battersea, but the average stay for a dog is 38 days and 22 days for a cat.
  • In addition to the site in South West London, Battersea also has two other centres based at Old Windsor, Berkshire and Brands Hatch, Kent.
  • For further information on Battersea, please visit
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About the Public Protection Partnership Animal Warden Service

The Joint Public Protection Committee oversees the work of the Public Protection Partnership (Environmental Health, Trading Standards and Licensing) for Bracknell Forest Borough Council, West Berkshire Council and Wokingham Borough Council.