Thursday, August 12, 2010

Dog is Saved Twice by the same Animal Rescue Worker

Scruffy the canine escape artist is giving Welsh animal welfare officers a run for their money.

The 12-year-old trouble-making terrier has been rescued twice this year by the same inspector from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA), in two different parts of of the U.K., BBC News reports.

Earlier this year, RSPCA inspector Julie Fadden helped to save Scruffy from a bad home situation in the town of Merthyr Tydfil. "The dog was living in very poor conditions, so I rescued him," Fadden told the South Wales Evening Post.

Last month, Scruffy was adopted by new owners in Swansea, some 60 miles away.

But just two days after moving in, Scruffy managed to escape his new digs and go for a wander. He apparently squeezed through a cat door, jumped over a wall, and made his way through a dense hedge before wandering down a busy road, BBC News reports.

Fadden was called in to rescue the dog, and was surprised when she recognized him as the pooch she'd saved from the other side of South Wales. Fortunately, Scruffy wasn't injured, and he'd already been microchipped by his new owners.

"We had everyone out searching and scouring the area looking for Scruffy," his new owner, Sue Overment, told BBC News. They were thrilled to be reunited with the pooch later that night.

"He looked really laid back without a care in the world," Overment told BBC News. "He's such a determined little mutt. We should rename him Harry Houdini."

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