“DIESEL” the Staffy cross was found wandering around Bodalla on Sunday.
Local resident Suzzanne Gray said: “I asked around but no-one knew whose dog he was. I couldn’t bear the idea of him being hit by a car on the highway, so I took him home.”
Suzzanne’s friend Tony Hastings then asked around local shops to see if anyone recognised the dog; apparently he had been hanging around the service station for an hour or so earlier.
“Because I’ve had a dog escape, I knew how worried both the dog and owner would be to see each other,” Tony said.
“I also know how expensive it can be to retrieve a dog from the pound, so I tried to find the owner directly.”
The dog’s photo was posted to the Narooma News Facebook page where it was shared more than 30 times.
Narooma Veterinary Hospital was very kind, and scanned the dog to read his micro-chip number.
Eurobodalla ranger staff were able to look up calls that came through over the weekend to see if anyone had lost a dog matching the description, and look up this microchip number.
The ranger then called Hastings with contact details of the dog’s owner, Ricky, who works at the Narooma timber mill.
Hastings was able to promptly return the dog.
This story reinforces the importance of having pets micro-chipped and a simple name tag with mobile phone number would also have been helpful.