Wednesday 21 February 2018

Missing dog that boarded train is found via twitter

Craig Hughes

IF this is now Patch the dog's understanding of a walk, his owner is going to be exhausted.

The six-year-old Jack Russell cross went missing from his home in Kildare on Monday evening. He was next seen early yesterday, brazenly boarding the Longford to Dublin train in Kilcock at 6.49am.

When he was found after the train arrived at the city centre shortly before 8am, Irish Rail staff at Pearse Street launched a search for his owner. They posted a photo of Patch on Twitter and explained the final leg of his adventures.

The photo was resent by 433 others on Twitter, and was seen by Patch's owner, Deirdre Anglin, shortly after 9.30am.

Irish Rail spokesman Barry Kenny said it took only 32 minutes for Ms Anglin to get in touch.

"It was a good job she showed up as they were getting quite attached to him in the office," he said.

Ms Anglin said: "We noticed he was gone at around 4pm on Monday and we drove around for an hour or so looking for him but we couldn't find him, so we were just hoping that he would come home," she told the Irish Independent.

"Then this morning, when I got into work I saw the tweet from Irish Rail, and when I opened up the picture and saw it was Patch I couldn't believe it, I was shaking with excitement," she said.

Irish Independent

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