Saturday 17 February 2018

Kildare woman shocked as Jack Russell returns home three years after going missing

Jack Russel Terrier (Stock Image)
Jack Russel Terrier (Stock Image)
Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy

An Irish dog-owner revealed she was “shocked” after her Jack Russell terrier returned home almost three years after he went missing.

Siobhan McCormack from Kildare was heart-broken when her dog Oscar disappeared from her garden in January 2012.

After nearly four years she had completely given up hope until she received a call from a woman in Ballydehob this week who confirmed she had found long-lost Oscar.

“It will be four years in January. He just went out to go to the bathroom one day and he just vanished. There was no sign of him he was completely gone. He is a little Jack Russell,” said Siobhan speaking to Ryan Tubridy on RTE Radio One.

“We put up posters, we went on internet sites, we did everything we could to try and get him back.

“I got a phone call last Thursday morning and this lady said she had found my dog. I thought she meant the little dog we have at home. And she said it was a male Jack Russell... it was Oscar.

“I couldn’t believe it. It had been so long.”

While Siobhan and her partner Jason are delighted to have Oscar back home with them, the mystery of where he has spent the last few years hasn’t been solved.

“Oscar was micro-chipped and all my details were there so she was able to contact me.

“We have no idea where he was but wherever it was he was well looked after. He was well fed and minded.

“It was shocking. I couldn’t believe it. After so many years it was unbelievable.

“We got straight into the van and went down to Ballydehob and got him.

“He didn’t recognise me but he did recognise my partner Jason. He went mental when he saw him.

“He was wobbling around the place and hopping up on Jason,” said Siobhan.

The dog-lover revealed that Oscar was delighted to be home and remembered his way around.

“When he got into the house he knew exactly where to go. He recognised his brother. He gave him a bit of a growl but now they’re good pals,” she said.

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