Dog that disappeared from Swanley for six months found 30 miles away

PUBLISHED: 15:56 06 March 2014 | UPDATED: 15:56 06 March 2014

Gerry Keane was reunited with his dog, Chippy-Rusty.

Gerry Keane was reunited with his dog, Chippy-Rusty.


A dog found 30 miles away from home has been returned to its shocked owner who had given up hope after six months searching.

Gerry Keane thought his beloved Jack Russell, Chippy-Rusty, was gone for good after she escaped from his house in Swanley though an open window in September.

But last week, the dog was found running around in Lower Halstow, Sittingbourne, and reported as a stray.

Gerry said: “You could have blown me over with a feather when I got the call to inform me she had been found.

“She has always been a bit of a mischievous dog and only she knows how she got to Sittingbourne.”

Animal control officers have no leads on how Chippy-Rusty made her incredible journey but managed to trace her owner using a microchip.

Dog warden Tim Oxley praised the benefits of getting pets micro-chipped and how much easier it makes finding the real owner.

He added: “As soon as Gerry picked up the dog you could see the bond between the two was very strong.”

Gerry said investing in a micro-chip was the best thing he could have for his adventurous three-and-a-half year old pooch.

He added: “I would advise anyone to get their pet chipped as it has certainly proved to be the difference in finding Chippy-Rusty.

“Words cannot explain the gratitude I have for Swale Borough Council.”

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