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Couple get cat back after 10 years; SOCIAL.

A couple yesterday said they were "overjoyed"to be reunited with a pet cat which went missing almost a decade ago.

Alan and Gilly Delaney, from Birmingham, had not seen their rescue cat Dixie since she disappeared in 1999.

Then on August 24, RSPCA animal collection officer Alan Pittaway picked up a stray ginger and brown cat from the Erdington area.

When Mr Pittaway scanned the thin, matted animal fora microchip, he discovered she was named Dixie, 15 years old and registered to an address in Ivyfield Road, Erdington-less than half a mile from where she was found.

Mr Pittaway said: "Within half an hour of picking the cat up, I was taking her round to her stunned owners who could not believe that they were getting their cat home after giving up hope of ever seeing her again.

"It made my day to return Dixie to her owners. In 29 years of working for the RSPCA I have never seen anyone so excited and happy as Mrs Delaney

Mrs Delaney, aged 38, an estimator for an asset management company, said: "Words cannot express how overjoyed we are to have Dixie back

"We don't think she has stopped purring since she came back through the door."

Mr Pittaway said he hoped the happy reunion will encourage more people to have their pets microchipped.

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