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Bill Bailey reunited with dog thanks to microchip

Friday, 2nd December 2011

Bill Bailey may have spoiled his pet with dog food treats after he was reunited with the animal at Battersea Dogs & Cats Home.

The comedian’s dog, Teddi , escaped from his London home and wandered around four miles away, where he was found by a member of the public.

After being taken to Battersea, Teddi, a Bali Dingo, was scanned and it was discovered who the animal's famous owner was.

Bailey said: "When Teddi went missing we put posters up everywhere, contacted Battersea's Lost Dogs & Cats Line and I even tweeted about it. But thanks to the microchip Battersea were able to get in touch and tell us they had Teddi - every dog owner out there should get it done."

He added that he and his family are extremely thankful to Battersea for reuniting them with Teddi.

In 2010, Battersea took in around 7,000 dogs, 68 per cent of which were not microchipped.

Liz McWalter, head of intake at Battersea, said the comedian's story highlights the importance of having adequate identification on your dog so pets and families can be reunited.