A cat who had been missing for 18 months was found in a Brighton yard after travelling 50 miles to get back home.
He was found last Thursday in an enclosed back yard in Marine Parade, close to where he had previously lived.
A member of the public reported the issue to the RSPCA after they said they had heard him miaow-ing. A microchip was out of date, but contained the details of the local vet, who revealed the owner was living 50 miles away in London.
RSPCA inspector Liz Wheeler said: “This case shows how important it is to get your cat microchipped, and keep those details updated.
“Spider was incredibly nervous after being in that courtyard for a few days. We do not know what must have happened to him for the 18 months in between being found and reported missing – but the owner was ecstatic to find him again after so long.
“He was well fed, though, so I suspect he had been cared for by someone in the meantime.”
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