As Stephanie Law, an inspector for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), drove along a deserted country road in England last week, a Yorkshire Terrier suddenly appeared out of nowhere, barking at her van.
When Law opened the door, the little dog jumped in beside her.
“I have had plenty of people wave me down for help, but I have never actually been flagged down by a dog in need of rescue before,” Law told RSPCA News. “It was as if he recognized my uniform and knew I was there to rescue him.”
The 7-year-old Yorkie, whose name is Alfie, had been stolen from his house in the West Midlands, more than 100 miles away, on March 21. He was apparently dumped in the woods days later.
“We are over the moon to have Alfie back – we didn’t think we would see him again,” his dog mom, Kirsty Mitton, told RSPCA News. “I just jumped straight in the car to drive the 112 miles as soon as I heard he was safe.”
Unfortunately, Mitton’s other dog, a Yorkie named Lillie who was stolen along with Alfie, is still missing.
“Thank goodness we had Alfie microchipped, as there’s no way we would have been traced without that,” Litton said. “Sadly, Lillie has not been chipped, so we would really appreciate anyone who might recognize her to let the RSPCA know. We’ve learned the hard way how important it is to have your pets chipped.”