Thanks as kids rescue pet pooch
A RELIEVED Neath family have been reunited with their treasured pet pooch thanks to the kindness of a group of youngsters who saw him being thrown from a van.
It was a desperate search when David Hopkins's family realised that their 12-year-old Labrador Cai had disappeared.
"It was at 2pm when my wife Lesley noticed that Cai had gone," said Mr Hopkins, who works at Port Talbot steelworks.
"They went to look for him and the kids put it on Facebook.
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"They got a message to me as I was in work, but I did not get it until later."
Mr Hopkins, from Eagle Bush Valley in Neath, said it was not until 4pm that they received a call from a dog warden about Cai.
It was good news that he had been found, but he had been injured.
"The dog warden rang them to say they had found him and they went to pick him up," he said.
"They had been really upset about it. It was hard not knowing.
"They were really relieved when he was found. Apparently some youngsters who were behind Jersey Park in Briton Ferry saw Cai being chucked out of a van.
"They went over to him and they looked after him. One of them went to get their mum and they then called the pound.
"I would just like to thank them for looking after him.
"They were with him for quite a while."
Mr Hopkins said it was not until 6.30pm that he returned home, and Cai was still in pain.
"The dog warden put him in my wife's car, but they couldn't get him out into the house," he said.
"So my daughter Leah, who is 12, stayed in the car with him until I got home. She was really upset about it all, but was really pleased to see him.
"He had hurt his joints and ribs. When I got home I was able to carry him into the house.
"He was a bit traumatised but he has come around now."
The dad-of-two said they believed Cai got out of the side gate and had been out for a while.
He said they were very thankful they had micro-chipped him, meaning his safe return.
"It is a warning for other people not to let their dogs wander about and to get them chipped," he said.
"I am just glad he is okay and we have got him back home."