Shaggy dog story has a happy ending at last

Owner-to-be Frank Sutcliffe finally gets to pick up Max the dog who went missing from Thornberry Animal Sanctuary.
Owner-to-be Frank Sutcliffe finally gets to pick up Max the dog who went missing from Thornberry Animal Sanctuary.
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PRODIGAL pooch Max has gone walkies into a bright new future - and licked his old life goodbye!

The tousled terrier finally met up with rightful owner Frank Sutcliffe after a week of adventure which saw him dog-napped from his kennel at Thornberry Animal Sanctuary in Dinnington. After days in hiding the stolen scruffball was returned, following a publicity appeal by volunteers at the shelter.

The tiny six-month-old mongrel - a cross between a West Highland terrier and a Cavalier King Charles spaniel - was pinched just hours before he was due to be adopted by new owners Frank and his wife Kathleen.

Now he’s trotted off to a new life with the couple in Darnall - but first he’s enjoying some sunshine by the sea at their caravan in Chapel St Leonards near Skegness.

Frank, aged 67, a retired Corus steelworker, said he knew as soon as he saw him Max would make a very welcome addition to the family.

“We saw him one lunchtime and went back to fetch him at teatime. I couldn’t believe it when they told me he had gone. We were both absolutely gutted. The plan had been to take him to the caravan last week, and we were sad to have to go without him.

“Then I got the call to say he had been found - and I drove back from Chapel to Sheffield just to get him. Now we’re taking him back there for a few days before settling him in at home.

“We’re made up to have him at last.”