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Cat, missing nine years, returned to owners

Dixie, a 15-year-old ginger cat who disappeared in 1999, was reunited with its owners, a British couple who thought she had been killed by a car.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) said Wednesday that the cat, thin and disheveled, was found less than a half a mile from her home in Birmingham. An RSPCA officer checked the cat’s microchip and she was returned to her owners.

“In 29 years of working for the RSPCA I have never seen anyone so excited and happy,” RSPCA Animal Collection Officer Alan Pittaway said. “It made my day to return Dixie to her owners.”

Alan and Gilly Delaney were “overjoyed” to be reunited with their missing cat after so many years.

“Dixie’s personality, behavior and little mannerisms have not changed at all,” said Gilly Delaney. “We don’t think she has stopped purring since she came back through the door.”


Comment from MG
Time September 12, 2008 at 8:38 am

Hope it has many more years to spend back home.
It must be one tough cat to have made it through the past 9 years on its own(?)
So many are dumped by owners that aren`t looking for them.

Comment from bluhawkk
Time September 13, 2008 at 2:42 pm

This bothers me because Dixie was found less than a half a mile away.