A PAIR of eagle-eyed police community support officers have reunited a distressed dog owner with his beloved pet.
Lee Foster, 38, was devastated when he realised his Brindle Staffordshire terrier, Marley, went missing in Pontefract last Thursday.
He enlisted the help of patrolling PCSOs Nicola Blewitt and Paul Dobson from Pontefract and Knottingley neighbourhood policing team, who spotted the pooch on Cobblers Lane.
Mr Foster, of Cromwell Crescent, Pontefract, said: “I approached both PCSOs Blewitt and Dobson and asked if they had seen Marley.
“They had not seen him but took my details and a description and said if they saw him they would let me know.
“Within ten minutes I had a call from PCSO Blewitt saying that they had found him.
“I was such a happy man when I got that phone call.
“Two excellent officers took my report even though it wasn’t a police matter.
“I really appreciate what they did for me and I would like to thank them both.”
Mr Foster had dropped the 11-year-old canine off at his father’s address in Chequerfield Lane earlier that day but the adventurous scamp made a bid for freedom through a gap in the garden fence.
When Mr Foster realised his pet – who he got at just six weeks old – was missing, he began a frantic search of the area and bumped into the officers on duty.
PCSO Blewitt: “We were very pleased to have helped, we were in the right place at the right time. We just happened to find him and lucky for Lee, he had seen us having a walk around.
“Then Marley happened to turn up a few minutes later so we phone Lee and they were reunited, which as a dog owner myself, I was pleased to see.”