A DOG owner is at loggerheads with the RSPCA after they re-homed his beloved pet without consulting him.
Bullseye, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, fled his home in June last year.
He was picked up by the RSPCA months after disappearing but his distraught owner, Joseph Reid, 48, was only told Bullseye was alive when he was informed he would be re-homed.
Mr Reid, of Ibbison Court, Blackpool, said: “I’m heartbroken and every day he is missing is another long day without him.
“This has made me very stressed and it’s very hard to talk about the situation.
“He was re-homed in August last year and I only found out what happened in March when I was contacted for his details.”
Mr Reid had his pet micro-chipped by Petlog so he would be reunited with Bullseye if he ever went missing.
He added: “I’ve been trying to get him home for more than a year and then I was told to hand over his details to the people who now have him.”
Cheryl Colebourne, Mr Reid’s solicitor, has sent the RSPCA two letters to explain the situation.
She said: “We wrote because we believe they’ve behaved wrongly on this occasion, but they wouldn’t do anything about it.
“He has done everything a dog owner should do and had it chipped by Petlog, so we have written again to the RSPCA. We look forward to receiving a response.”
A spokesman for the RSPCA said: “By the time we became aware this dog was owned by Mr Reid he had already been re-homed, after having been taken into our care in good faith from a member of the public who told us they had been given the dog earlier in the year and could no longer look after him.
“At that time we advised Mr Reid to take legal advice.
“We are investigating what happened and are currently in liaison with Mr Reid’s solicitor.”