Dogs
Woman’s in disbelief reuniting with missing dog 10 years after he was stolen
Sweet Ollie had been missing for a decade, so Tae didn't think she'd ever see him again. Luckily, she was wrong.
D.G. Sciortino
11.18.22

Animal warden Andy Newnham had never seen anything like it. A lost dog had never been reunited with their owner after a decade under his watch.

But there was 12-year-old Ollie and his mom Tae Bennet, who was 12 when she lost Ollie.

Well, he wasn’t lost. Ollie was stolen after criminals cut the lead to him while she was walking him in the park.

They then threw him in the car and sped off with him. Ten years passed before Bennet would ever see Ollie again.

Everyone was looking for Ollie when he went missing.

Posters were put up around town and a Facebook page was posted about him to see if anyone had seen him.

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Eventually, Bennet gave up hope. Time went on and someone got her another dog to ease the pain of losing Ollie.

But 10 years later Ollie was found by some kids in a park about 20 miles from Bennet’s home.

Unlike the adults that took Ollie, the children made sure to contact the authorities so the stray dog could be reunited with its owner.

The dog was taken to Hounslow Council Animal Welfare.

Thankfully, Ollie had a microchip that they were able to scan and trace back to Bennet’s family.

When Bennet arrived to see if it was really Ollie she was able to confirm it by his coloring, in addition to the microchip confirming his identity.

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“It’s a remarkable case, the longest I’ve known a dog to be separated from its owners,” Newnham told itv News.

The family was in total shock when they heard that Ollie had been found.

“When I was told he’d been found alive I just burst into tears,” Bennet told MyLondon. “It was incredible and I never thought this would happen.”

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Ollie appeared to be in good condition and was taken to the vet for a thorough checkup.

Bennet believes that Ollie may have been used for breeding.

And that he got out accidentally or was let go because of his age.

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Facebook Screenshot - Tae Bennet

Even though he was taken when he was just 2-years-old, Ollie still remembers his family and his old life.

He was very happy to be back with the people who love him.

“After being missing for just under a decade I couldn’t believe it was him. As soon as Ollie came into the room and heard my stepdad’s voice, he immediately walked over to him, rolled onto his back, and let him scratch his belly,” Bennet said.

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He’s even getting on well with Bennet’s other dog Chilli. Bennet says they love each other and like to snuggle together on the beanbag.

Ollie has settle back in well into his home and loves running in the garden to play. Bennet says she is definitely more careful when she takes him out now.

“People really don’t realize how quickly this can happen and how devastating it is,” she said.

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Facebook - Tae Bennett

Thank goodness that Ollie was microchipped and is now finally back at home.

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By D.G. Sciortino
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D.G. is a contributing writer in Shareably. She's based in Connecticut and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
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