Stolen dog rescues itself by flagging down RSPCA van 100 miles from home

A courageous canine manged to RESCUE HIMSELF after he flagged down a passing RSPCA van with a bark.

Alfie the Yorkshire Terrier and fellow terrier Lillie were stolen from their home in Wednesbury, West Midlands last month, leading to frantic efforts by owner Kirsty Mitton and friends to find them.

While Lillie still remains missing, Alfie was dumped in woodland over 100 miles from his home in Gerrard’s Cross, Bucks.

Alfie the Yorkshire Terrier and fellow terrier Lillie were stolen from their home in Wednesbury

Alfie the Yorkshire Terrier and fellow terrier Lillie were stolen from their home in Wednesbury

Instead of cowering in fear, plucky Alfie sprinted out onto a nearby deserted road to look for help.

When RSPCA Inspector Stephanie Law was driving down Hawkswood Lane, Alfie noticed her van and started barking madly in the road.

Immediately stopping, Stephanie opened the door and allowed the terrified terrier to jump in.

Alfie found a RSPCA van after sprinting to the roadside and barking madly

Alfie found a RSPCA van after sprinting to the roadside and barking madly

Stephanie said: “It was a very deserted road I was on but Alfie jumped out and started barking, as if he was trying to get my attention.

“I opened the door and he just jumped in, it was as if he recognised my uniform.”

A quick scan of seven-year-old Alfie’s microchip confirmed he was stolen and it was arranged for him to be returned to his relieved owner.

“It’s a first for me to be flagged down by a dog in need of rescue. Plenty of people, but no dogs,” Inspector Law said.

“He’s a lovely dog so I’m very pleased there was a happy ending to his story.”

Kirsty, 23, expressed her delight at Alfie’s return but urged people to keep looking for Lilly, who is still missing and not microchipped.

“I didn’t think I’d see him again so I’m over the moon to have him back but I’m still worried sick about Lillie,” she said.

“I jumped straight in the car to get him as soon as I knew he was safe, thank goodness we had him microchipped as we’d never have found him otherwise.”