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.

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    Christine Boulton 2 years ago

    Poor Lottie. Home at last though. I hope she recovers fully soon.

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    jan 2 years ago

    Welcome home Lottie xxxx

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    Yvonne Woodcock 2 years ago

    Poor little Lottie in such a sorry state. But back with owner who will give her plenty of love to get her back to good health. xxxx O:)

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    Catherine Jenkins 2 years ago

    Bless her,my heart goes out to her, so glad she’s home with her Mummy, I’m sure with all the love showered on her she will fully recover

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    Catherine Jenkins 2 years ago

    Bless her my heart goes out to her so glad that she’s home with her Mummy I’m sure with all the love showered on her she will fully recover

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    Heth 2 years ago

    If only she could tell us what scum bag got her into this condition.

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    Jen Rock 2 years ago

    So sad, yet so wonderful that Lottie is finally home where she belongs & will feel love again. I’m sure she will be back to her happy self soon through the trust she already has with her owners xx

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    Snowflake 2 years ago

    Love that Lottie is home just sorry that her little life hasn’t been good after she went missing.well done to all the people involved in rescuing this little sweetie .

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