Missing family dog found in ambulance 50 miles from home

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When Cocker Spaniel Jazz went missing from her family home in Powys, Wales, owner Emma Darling did everything she could to find her. She got him touch with the microchip database, Petlog, to flag Jazz as missing; she put up posters, shared her story on social media – but for eight long months, there was no trace of Jazz anywhere.

Then, suddenly, she received a phone call from a vet practice in Wolverhampton – over 50 miles from Powys. A black Cocker Spaniel had been handed over by an ambulance worker who’d found her in the back of the ambulance during a shift; through her microchip, the vet staff found out it was Jazz, and contacted Emma for a happy reunion.

Emma said, “Jazz just disappeared that day. At first we thought she had got out, but she had never done that before. The next day we started to think maybe she had been stolen as she hadn’t come back.”

“I couldn’t eat and felt like my head was about to explode every day. Some days I just cried”

“The first three months I literally trawled missing/stolen dog social media groups and selling sites, and shared the dog lost poster anywhere and everywhere. We were so worried about how she was being treated, whether she was being fed and if she had a dry, warm place when it was cold.

“I was determined to find Jazz. I couldn’t eat and felt like my head was about to explode every day. Some days I just cried. My two daughters were so upset, it was absolutely heart-breaking. We felt so sad for so long.

“When my phone rang that day… Never in a million years did I think the vet was going to tell me they had Jazz! They had scanned Jazz and been able to contact me because of her microchip. It turns out Jazz had been dumped in an ambulance while the crew were tending to patient. They heard a noise in the back and went to investigate, and there was Jazz.”

Missing Jazz and owner Emma
Image courtesy of Emma Darling and Petlog

“Alex who works for the ambulance service and found Jazz in the vehicle really was an angel! That night, when she had a break from her shift, she took Jazz home and bathed her and looked after her all night until the vets opened the next day. Jazz was wet and tired, with algae on her coat, so Alex thinks she may have been dumped in the nearby canal.

“Jazz was quieter and tired the first day we got her home, but she’s been back to herself ever since. I honestly can’t believe what happened. It took me a while to not cry every time I mentioned Alex when I told Jazz’s story – she truly is an angel, I will always be so grateful to her.

“We didn’t realise – and most people don’t either – about how many dogs go missing or are stolen, and the reality of the situation, until we were living it. My advice to other owners would be to check your microchip details and make sure they’re up to date, just in case the worst happens and to keep your pet safe.”

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