Missing moggie is home after 2 years

The Prodigal Returns - Chris Walker of Belper was surprised to welcome home his cat Sparky, found living at The Cliff public house in Crich, after he disappeared two-and-a-half years ago.
The Prodigal Returns - Chris Walker of Belper was surprised to welcome home his cat Sparky, found living at The Cliff public house in Crich, after he disappeared two-and-a-half years ago.

AN intrepid moggie who has been missing for two and a half years has finally been reunited with his delighted owner.

Chris Walker thought he had lost his cat, Sparky, forever until he received a call from the vets saying he had been found.

Sparky had been visiting the Cliff Inn in Crich since the summer, where he had been christened Spud by regulars, due to his love of the pub’s locally renowned chips.

Last week cat lover and pub employee Louise Randall took Spud to the Alfreton Veterinary Hospital to inquire whether had been micro-chipped and discovered Spud was in fact Sparky, who was missing from his home in Belper.

Owner Chris, of Spencer Road in Belper, said: “It really upset the family when Sparky went missing but I always had a feeling he wasn’t dead.

“I got a call from the vets saying ‘we’ve got your cat here’. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when we went to pick him up.

“We can’t work out how he got to Crich and would love to know where he has been for the other year and a half.”

Mr Walker urged other pet owners to get their animals micro-chipped and to keep their details up-to-date.

He said: “The microchip was the best £18 we ever spent. You can’t put a price on your pet.”

Cliff Inn landlady Joan Martin said Spud had been visiting the pub on a daily basis for many months and affectionately greeted all her customers.

When he first arrived she made inquiries locally but no-one knew anything about the new arrival.

Pub regular Jim Durcan added: “All the regulars at the Cliff are animal lovers and we will miss Spud’s company but we are delighted that he is re-united with his owners and his previous home.”

Lorna Thomas, a nurse at Alfreton Veterinary Hospital said: “We always encourage owners to get their pets micro-chipped.

“It is such a small procedure and this has just shown how worthwhile it can be, in reuniting pets with their owners.”