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Tearful reunion with four-legged friend

A missing dog was reunited with its tearful owners by an electricity engineer in Croydon after it darted out in front of his van.

From Press releases - 29 July 2016 12:00 AM

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A missing dog was reunited with its tearful owners by an electricity engineer in Croydon after it darted out in front of his van.

UK Power Networks’ electrical fitter, Goksel Koseoglu, was driving from Selsdon to Croydon when the incident happened in Croham Valley Road.

Dog lover, Goksel, said: “I had just finished doing my work and was heading back to the office when this white dog just appeared in front of me. I braked and managed to stop and luckily the car behind did the same.”

Goksel discovered the dog, called Chocho, had been following a stranger for a mile before darting into the traffic. He had no collar or microchip so Goksel spent the afternoon carrying out a search to reunite the dog with its tearful owner. Using his laptop shoulder strap as a dog lead he brought the dog safely back to the office for a bowl of water while he phoned the council, police and RSPCA.

Goskel said: “After alerting the authorities I took the dog back to where I found him and gave out my business card to local shops, in case the owner was searching the area. After an hour a guy from the council rang about a matching report of a missing dog and I spoke to the owner.

“I was minutes away from their address so I drove him home where five people were waiting at the front door. He was welcomed like a hero by his family members. They started shouting and crying, shook my hand and thanked me. They were really happy to see him back home.

“I lost my dog once so I know how bad it feels. It was good to help out.”
Cabinet member for communities, safety and justice, councillor Hamida Ali, said: “It’s great to hear that our service helped to reunite this dog with its owner. It is now the law to get dogs’ chipped, and we would encourage all owners to do this.”