Bayswater resident reunited with missing dog urges others to register pets with City


Leah Botten and Radomir Petrovic with Jenna. Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au d475178
Leah Botten and Radomir Petrovic with Jenna. Picture: Bruce Hunt www.communitypix.com.au d475178

A BAYSWATER resident reunited with her family dog who was missing for two weeks, has encouraged pet owners in the City of Bayswater to register their pets.

In August, Leah Botten was looking after her mother’s staffy cross kelpie, Jenna, however the dog ran away on a stormy night inside 48 hours of arriving.

Ms Botten called the City’s 24-hour service and sent photos to the rangers, and posted to social media sites for lost pets.

Two weeks later, a kayaker spotted Jenna in Riverside Gardens and the rangers reunited Jenna with Ms Botten.

Ms Botten said she was worried because Jenna was old and deaf.

“There was a report on Facebook that came through that a dog had crossed Guildford Road and people were trying to catch it and it was her,” she said.

“She was kind of shell-shocked and out-of-sorts but was surprisingly good for being out here for two weeks.”

City acting senior ranger Radomir Petrovic said rangers tried to retrieve Jenna in Maylands before she was rescued in Riverside Gardens.

“Two weeks is usually when someone has found it and looking after it but for them to be actually wandering for two weeks is amazing,” he said.

“We are not in the ‘putting down’ business, we work in animal welfare and we offer support to pet owners.”

He said rangers rescued anywhere between five to 25 dogs a week.

The City currently has 6797 registered pets.

For more, visit www.bayswater.wa.gov.au.

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