VIDEO: Ellie the dog found in Scotland – FIVE years after going missing from Dorset

Bournemouth Echo: REUNITED: Sharon Collins and Ellie REUNITED: Sharon Collins and Ellie

A DOG that went missing from Dorset five years ago has been reunited with its owner – after being found more than 500 miles away in Scotland.

On Sunday Sharon Collins was reunited with her Staffordshire bull terrier Ellie who was snatched outside a shop in Bere Regis in January 2009.

“She was tied up outside the shop and someone had unclipped the lead,” Miss Collins explained.

“I was in there for about two minutes and when I got out she was gone.

“It was like losing a child.”

Miss Collins searched high and low for Ellie and worked with the charity Dog Lost to try to track her down but over the years there had not been any sightings.

“You never lose hope completely,” the 36-year-old said. “But I just wanted to know that she was okay and being looked after.”

On Friday Miss Collins, who works at the Drax Arms pub, received a long-awaited call saying Ellie, who is micro-chipped, was enjoying a stay at Langdyke Boarding Kennels in Fife, West Scotland.

“They had scanned her and my details came up,” she said.

Staff at the kennels instantly began making preparations to bring Ellie home and the dog was reunited with her rightful owner on Sunday.

Miss Collins said: “A lot of people made donations to get her down here. A woman from the kennels drove her from Scotland to Peterborough and another woman drove her from Peterborough to Dorset.

“When I saw her I was very tearful. I was just so happy to have her back.”

“I’d like to say a special thanks to the kennels and to all the people involved in getting her home safely,” she added.

Ellie, who is now 10 years old, is in good health and settling back into Dorset life with her new four-legged friend Tilly, Miss Collins’ three-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier.

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6:54am Wed 9 Jul 14

BIGTONE says...

Great story. What a fab surprise.
Great story. What a fab surprise. BIGTONE
  • Score: 22

7:45am Wed 9 Jul 14

RageAgainstTheMachine says...

Lovely story. Bless her furry face so pleased she's returned home. X
Lovely story. Bless her furry face so pleased she's returned home. X RageAgainstTheMachine
  • Score: 24

8:09am Wed 9 Jul 14

bosco1 says...

So nice for the dog and its owners to be reunited, its like christmas come early.! Great news , nice read this morning, something nice to talk about later on.!
So nice for the dog and its owners to be reunited, its like christmas come early.! Great news , nice read this morning, something nice to talk about later on.! bosco1
  • Score: 23

9:08am Wed 9 Jul 14

BarrHumbug says...

Nice story but did no one from the paper think to ask how the dog ended up in a boarding kennels in Fife? Where had she been for the last 5 years? Didn't someone unknowingly buy the stolen dog and she's been living happily in Scotland for the last 5 years? Was she a stray and taken in to the kennels?
Top drawer investigative journalism form the Echo once again!
Nice story but did no one from the paper think to ask how the dog ended up in a boarding kennels in Fife? Where had she been for the last 5 years? Didn't someone unknowingly buy the stolen dog and she's been living happily in Scotland for the last 5 years? Was she a stray and taken in to the kennels? Top drawer investigative journalism form the Echo once again! BarrHumbug
  • Score: 31

11:10am Wed 9 Jul 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

Chip your pets and wife. That way they may turn up again if stolen.
Chip your pets and wife. That way they may turn up again if stolen. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: -1

11:19am Wed 9 Jul 14

hamworthygirl says...

Aww lovely story they must be a very happy family.
Aww lovely story they must be a very happy family. hamworthygirl
  • Score: 10

11:35am Wed 9 Jul 14

phill67 says...

Sir Beachy Head wrote:
Chip your pets and wife. That way they may turn up again if stolen.
Why the wife if she left you there must be a reason
[quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: Chip your pets and wife. That way they may turn up again if stolen.[/p][/quote]Why the wife if she left you there must be a reason phill67
  • Score: 9

12:16pm Wed 9 Jul 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

phill67 wrote:
Sir Beachy Head wrote:
Chip your pets and wife. That way they may turn up again if stolen.
Why the wife if she left you there must be a reason
She didn't leave me. I left her tied to a lampost outside Tesco. When I came out 2 minutes later she'd been stolen. I expect she'll turn up in Wales or somewhere.
[quote][p][bold]phill67[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Sir Beachy Head[/bold] wrote: Chip your pets and wife. That way they may turn up again if stolen.[/p][/quote]Why the wife if she left you there must be a reason[/p][/quote]She didn't leave me. I left her tied to a lampost outside Tesco. When I came out 2 minutes later she'd been stolen. I expect she'll turn up in Wales or somewhere. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 11

12:38pm Wed 9 Jul 14

ol'bag lady says...

BarrHumbug wrote:
Nice story but did no one from the paper think to ask how the dog ended up in a boarding kennels in Fife? Where had she been for the last 5 years? Didn't someone unknowingly buy the stolen dog and she's been living happily in Scotland for the last 5 years? Was she a stray and taken in to the kennels?
Top drawer investigative journalism form the Echo once again!
I am sure there are more details and all your questions can be answered but why? This is great news not to be spoiled.
[quote][p][bold]BarrHumbug[/bold] wrote: Nice story but did no one from the paper think to ask how the dog ended up in a boarding kennels in Fife? Where had she been for the last 5 years? Didn't someone unknowingly buy the stolen dog and she's been living happily in Scotland for the last 5 years? Was she a stray and taken in to the kennels? Top drawer investigative journalism form the Echo once again![/p][/quote]I am sure there are more details and all your questions can be answered but why? This is great news not to be spoiled. ol'bag lady
  • Score: 3

12:40pm Wed 9 Jul 14

ol'bag lady says...

BarrHumbug wrote:
Nice story but did no one from the paper think to ask how the dog ended up in a boarding kennels in Fife? Where had she been for the last 5 years? Didn't someone unknowingly buy the stolen dog and she's been living happily in Scotland for the last 5 years? Was she a stray and taken in to the kennels?
Top drawer investigative journalism form the Echo once again!
I am sure there are more details and all your questions can be answered but why? This is great news not to be spoiled.
[quote][p][bold]BarrHumbug[/bold] wrote: Nice story but did no one from the paper think to ask how the dog ended up in a boarding kennels in Fife? Where had she been for the last 5 years? Didn't someone unknowingly buy the stolen dog and she's been living happily in Scotland for the last 5 years? Was she a stray and taken in to the kennels? Top drawer investigative journalism form the Echo once again![/p][/quote]I am sure there are more details and all your questions can be answered but why? This is great news not to be spoiled. ol'bag lady
  • Score: 2

1:05pm Wed 9 Jul 14

BoscVegas says...

BarrHumbug wrote:
Nice story but did no one from the paper think to ask how the dog ended up in a boarding kennels in Fife? Where had she been for the last 5 years? Didn't someone unknowingly buy the stolen dog and she's been living happily in Scotland for the last 5 years? Was she a stray and taken in to the kennels?
Top drawer investigative journalism form the Echo once again!
I agree, the lazy gets haven't even bothered to interview the dog!
[quote][p][bold]BarrHumbug[/bold] wrote: Nice story but did no one from the paper think to ask how the dog ended up in a boarding kennels in Fife? Where had she been for the last 5 years? Didn't someone unknowingly buy the stolen dog and she's been living happily in Scotland for the last 5 years? Was she a stray and taken in to the kennels? Top drawer investigative journalism form the Echo once again![/p][/quote]I agree, the lazy gets haven't even bothered to interview the dog! BoscVegas
  • Score: 11

2:03pm Wed 9 Jul 14

BarrHumbug says...

ol'bag lady wrote:
BarrHumbug wrote:
Nice story but did no one from the paper think to ask how the dog ended up in a boarding kennels in Fife? Where had she been for the last 5 years? Didn't someone unknowingly buy the stolen dog and she's been living happily in Scotland for the last 5 years? Was she a stray and taken in to the kennels?
Top drawer investigative journalism form the Echo once again!
I am sure there are more details and all your questions can be answered but why? This is great news not to be spoiled.
Please correct me if i'm wrong but isn't that the point of journalism, to ask the questions the readers/public want to know?
To you the fact that a crime was committed doesn't matter then, just that it all turned out nice in the end?
[quote][p][bold]ol'bag lady[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BarrHumbug[/bold] wrote: Nice story but did no one from the paper think to ask how the dog ended up in a boarding kennels in Fife? Where had she been for the last 5 years? Didn't someone unknowingly buy the stolen dog and she's been living happily in Scotland for the last 5 years? Was she a stray and taken in to the kennels? Top drawer investigative journalism form the Echo once again![/p][/quote]I am sure there are more details and all your questions can be answered but why? This is great news not to be spoiled.[/p][/quote]Please correct me if i'm wrong but isn't that the point of journalism, to ask the questions the readers/public want to know? To you the fact that a crime was committed doesn't matter then, just that it all turned out nice in the end? BarrHumbug
  • Score: 7

6:08pm Wed 9 Jul 14

The Barrel says...

Such a lovely heart warming story. So nice to read about some good news for a change.
Such a lovely heart warming story. So nice to read about some good news for a change. The Barrel
  • Score: 3

9:17pm Wed 9 Jul 14

yet_another_one says...

The Barrel wrote:
Such a lovely heart warming story. So nice to read about some good news for a change.
Absolutely, a wonderful story to a happy finale.
[quote][p][bold]The Barrel[/bold] wrote: Such a lovely heart warming story. So nice to read about some good news for a change.[/p][/quote]Absolutely, a wonderful story to a happy finale. yet_another_one
  • Score: 0

9:00am Thu 10 Jul 14

graham241060 says...

Lovely story and one of the lucky dogs, but please DO NOT LEAVE YOUR DOGS TIED UP OUTSIDE SHOPS!!!!
Lovely story and one of the lucky dogs, but please DO NOT LEAVE YOUR DOGS TIED UP OUTSIDE SHOPS!!!! graham241060
  • Score: 0

12:24pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Dog walker22 says...

Dog theft causes so much heartbreak to so many. It needs to be taken more seriously by the law and dog thieves should be taken to court if found and the punishment should reflect the damage they have caused.

Whilst i am so pleased this lady got her dog back more education is needed to stop people leaving their dogs outside shops etc.
Dog theft causes so much heartbreak to so many. It needs to be taken more seriously by the law and dog thieves should be taken to court if found and the punishment should reflect the damage they have caused. Whilst i am so pleased this lady got her dog back more education is needed to stop people leaving their dogs outside shops etc. Dog walker22
  • Score: 7

6:28pm Thu 10 Jul 14

nickynoodah says...

My work mates son tied his dog to the very same post outside this shop
it turned up two months later with very sore feet wearing a sporran and a kilt you know it is
My work mates son tied his dog to the very same post outside this shop it turned up two months later with very sore feet wearing a sporran and a kilt you know it is nickynoodah
  • Score: 1

11:21pm Thu 10 Jul 14

Lord Spring says...

nickynoodah wrote:
My work mates son tied his dog to the very same post outside this shop
it turned up two months later with very sore feet wearing a sporran and a kilt you know it is
Was your mates dog named Johnnie Walker with a red label on his kilt
[quote][p][bold]nickynoodah[/bold] wrote: My work mates son tied his dog to the very same post outside this shop it turned up two months later with very sore feet wearing a sporran and a kilt you know it is[/p][/quote]Was your mates dog named Johnnie Walker with a red label on his kilt Lord Spring
  • Score: 3

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