Watch: Heart-warming moment dog is reunited with owner after being missing for a week
A dog is a man’s best friend, and this owner was visibly emotional when he was reunited with his little pal.
Joey, a Cavachon breed, went missing on October 3.
Last Saturday he was being offered for sale at the Ballinasloe Fair in Galway.
A member of the public alerted the ISPCA and after identifying the dog had a microchip, they were able to track down the owner.
The incident is currently being investigated by gardaí.
Afterwards, the dog was taken into the care of the ISPCA where he was reunited with his owner and Cavachon brother Toby.
ISPCA Chief Inspector has stressed the importance of microchipping animals.
“This is further evidence, if it was needed, of the value of microchipping. Without Joey’s microchip, we could not have established that he was missing and the ISPCA and gardaí would not have had grounds to intervene,” he said.
ISPCA CEO Dr Andrew Kelly further added that people should be wary when purchasing animals at fairs.
“This year in Ballinasloe we were made aware of a number of rescue organisations that were buying animals in order to ‘rescue’ them instead of raising their concerns with the ISPCA or An Garda Síochána.
“Whilst buying animals may be very tempting, it is the opinion of the ISPCA that it simply perpetuates the problem and the sellers will be back in future years with more animals to sell.”