Moggie returns after two years

The Prodigal Returns - Chris Walker of Belper was surprised to welcome home his cat Sparky, found living at The Cliff public house in Crich, after he disappeared two-and-a-half years ago.

The Prodigal Returns - Chris Walker of Belper was surprised to welcome home his cat Sparky, found living at The Cliff public house in Crich, after he disappeared two-and-a-half years ago.

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AN intrepid moggie who has been missing for two and a half years has finally been reunited with his delighted owner.

Chris Walker thought he had lost his cat, Sparky forever until he received a call from Alfreton Veterinary Hospital saying he had been found. Sparky had been visiting the Cliff Inn in Crich since the summer, where he had been christened Spud by regulars, due to his love of the pub’s locally renowned chips.

Chris, of Spencer Road in Belper, urged other pet owners to get their animals micro-chipped after Sparky’s chip enabled his owner to be traced, when pub employee Louise Randall took him to the vets.

He said: “It really upset the family when Sparky went missing but I always had a feeling he wasn’t dead.

“The microchip was the best £18 we ever spent. You can’t put a price on your pet.”

Landlady Joan said Spud had been visiting the pub on a daily basis for many months and affectionately greeted all her customers.

Pub regular Jim Durcan added: “All the regulars at the Cliff are animal lovers and we will miss Spud’s company but we are delighted that he is re-united with his owners and his previous home.”