Owner reunited with her dog nearly FIVE years after she went missing (but poor Lotty was in a sorry state)

Delighted pet owner Dawn Proctor has been reunited with her beloved dog – almost five years after the pooch went missing.

But Bichon Frise Lotty has needed an operation and is building back her confidence after being found emaciated with matted fur.

However mum-of-four Dawn, of Bentilee, has described how she wept with joy when she received a phone call revealing the seven-year-old dog had finally been found.

Lotty was last seen on April 17, 2014 on Derry Street in Heron Cross. Distraught Dawn had stories published in The Sentinel appealing for help to find the dog and went on to use Facebook as she continued in hope of finding her.

And her long wait came to an end on Wednesday when she received the phone call she dreamed of. Dawn said: “The vets called and asked if I had a dog called Lotty. I explained she’d been missing for five years and they said that they had her.

“My heart jumped out of my chest and I cried with happy tears. I was in shock, I couldn’t believe what they were telling me.”

She was spotted on Beaconsfield Drive in Blurton in the late afternoon by support worker Bekki Sparkes and teacher Rachel Harrison, who noted how skinny the pooch appeared to be.

Bekki, aged 21, said: “She was running down the road so Rachel stopped the car and I got out to get her and she ran into someone’s back garden. She look terrified and so we made a trail of broken up biscuits to entice her from a garden. We got her, wrapped her in my scarf and took her to the vets. They were amazing and checked her chip straight away.

“We’re just glad she’s home.”

Dawn has thanked the duo and fears she would have died if she’d been left to roam for much longer. But the grandmother-of-six says the vets at Longton’s Rogers, Brock and Barker advised Lotty may have spent a lot of time in captivity due to her condition.

Follow Lottie’s DogLost timeline here…

http://www.doglost.co.uk/dog-blog.php?dogId=68094

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