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Hackney pooch reunited with owners after riots

Tuesday, 16th August 2011

A pooch will no doubt be happy to be reunited with his dog toys and owners after getting lost during the riots that took place in Hackney, London, last week (August 8th).

Major, a two-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier was brought into Battersea Dogs & Cats Home on August 9th but he did not have a collar and was not microchipped, so could not be identified.

However, after ITV ran a news segment about Major, his former owner - who had had to give him up because of lack of space - contacted the shelter.

Jade Hegarty explained that she believes Major had been trying to escape from his new owners, who had said they "didn't care" that the pooch had gone missing.

She said: "I completely regret giving him up.

"He must have been very stressed to be in a new place and just wanted to get home. I wonder what he saw during the disturbance in Hackney. He loves to raid the biscuit bin at home, so I just hope he didn't try and loot any butchers!"

Major has now been microchipped and added that he "won't be going anywhere".