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Scamp is back in doghouse.

SCAMP is back home with her family after a week her loving owners would sooner forget.

Dog lovers Janet and Shane de Lacy were distraught when they came home from holiday to find their pooch had been re-homed with a new family.

The mischievous Llasa Apso, worth pounds 1,000, had escaped from an open door in their daughter's home and was picked up by a council warden.

When nobody claimed her within seven days, Wirral Council sold the pooch on to a new family.

Hours later, Janet, 59, a social housing worker, from Mitchel Troy near Monmouth, was delighted to find a picture of Scamp on the pound's website.

But her excitement soon turned to despair.

She said: "I rang up all excited saying, 'you have got my dog'. The man on the phone said, 'sorry, but we have just sold it'.

"He told me there was nothing they could do, because it was now the property of the new owners.

"I couldn't believe it. Scamp was part of our family for five years."

The council agreed to tell the new owners but at first they refused to give her up.

However, after pressure from the local press, they eventually had a change of heart.

Shane, 58, a careers advisor, who has lived in Monmouthshire with Janet for 15 years. said: "We are so delighted Scamp is back, and so is she!" A spokesman for Wirral Council said: "We are delighted for the de Lacey family that Scamp has returned home with them to Wales. We also acknowledge the difficult position the adoptive family were placed in by this episode and are appreciative of the understanding and compassion they have shown in giving Scamp back."

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Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Sep 13, 2009
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