A DOG missing for the past three years was returned to her owner in Milton Keynes after a dog warden found the stray pet in Hailsham.
Animal warden Cathy Ede-Morley recently made a routine call to pick up some stray dogs in Hailsham including a Bishon Frise.
The dog was given a wash and shampoo and the dog warden began the task of trying to find the owner.
She realised that whoever had looked after the stray recently was no longer interested and found a photo match on LostDogs.com
The true ownership of ‘Candy’ was confirmed when Cathy Ede-Morley showed a photo of the pet to the owner, Carol Williams from Milton Keynes.
Carol Williams said: “I could not believe it. I had no doubt that this was Candy.
“We are so happy to have her back. She is now settling in back home again.”
Mrs Williams was reunited with Candy earlier this month, September. Candy escaped from her garden in July 2009 and had been missing ever since.
It is believed she was found and taken in by a new owner who then moved to Sussex but no one has come forward to report Candy missing from her new home.
Dog warden Cathy Ede-Morley said: “I am glad we have been able to reunite the pet with her owner.
“It is always nice to have a happy ending.”
Cathy Ede-Morley works for Animal Wardens, providers of dog warden services for Wealden District Council.
Animal Wardens keep a register of dogs lost in the district and offer a free microchip to every dog returned.
Cathy Ede-Morley and her colleagues have set up an ‘East Sussex Adopt a Dog’ page on Facebook to help find suitable homes for stray and abandoned dogs that are unclaimed.
Anyone who has a genuine change of circumstances which means their dog needs a new home may advertise on this page.
If you find a dog that appears to be without its owner, you are obliged by law to inform the district council or police, and make efforts to find the dog’s owner. If the dog is wearing a collar and tag, or you know where the dog lives, attempt to return it to its owner in the first instance.