Lost dog returns home... 5 years on

When a British woman's dog vanished from the driveway five years ago she soon gave up hope of seeing the pet again.

As the days went by without any sighting of seven-year-old T-Bone, Pat Oates concluded the bull terrier had been stolen.

So she was astonished and overjoyed to be told last week that the dog had been found five years onĀ -- riding on a local bus.

The bus driver took the animal to a local veterinary surgery, where staff were able to reunite Oates with her long-lost pet, now aged 12, after scanning his microchip.

On Monday Oates, a delivery driver, said, "We couldn't believe it when we got the phone call. I thought the vet was joking. I broke down crying. We're over the moon to have him back, we thought he was gone for good."

The mother-of-three said it was a mystery how the dog came to be travelling on the number 37 bus, operated by Travel West Midlands.

But she said it was no surprise he had been found on a bus, as the dog always enjoyed going on car journeys with the family. Oates said T-Bone had been neglected and was suffering with a cyst on his leg.

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