Merry Christmas for local man’s best friend thanks to the kindness of strangers

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Merry Christmas for local man’s best friend thanks to the kindness of strangers

A stray pooch who faced spending Christmas in kennels has been reunited with his elderly owner, had his kennel fee paid by a thoughtful resident and will receive a free microchip courtesy of East Northamptonshire Council.

Sam the terrier was picked up on Wednesday, 22 December from the vets in Oundle and transferred to the council’s kennel contractor Forest Lodge whilst his owner was located. It’s believed Sam had been roaming for a day or so and a plea to find his owner was put on facebook. East Northamptonshire residents swiftly recognised Sam as belonging to a man from Ringstead who was contacted immediately with the good news of Sam’s safety and location.

Delighted to be reunited with Sam, Mr Dicken’s was overjoyed to learn that a local resident, who wishes to remain anonymous, had paid the kennel fee. Mr Dickens had already spoken with the council about a payment schedule but gratefully accepted this kind gesture and has thanked his guardian angel who just wanted to make sure that Sam was home for Christmas.

East Northamptonshire Council has added to Mr Dicken’s happy ending with the offer of a free microchip for Sam so that should he wander again, he can be quickly returned home.

Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, Steven North, said: “We’re so pleased this tale, or should that be tail, has a happy ending for Sam and his owner. This was a wonderful team effort and we wish Sam, Mr Dickens and all those who played their part in this a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.”

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