Stolen terrier Alfie flags down animal charity van
A stolen dog dumped by callous thieves engineered a rescue by flagging down an RSPCA van more than 100 miles from home.
Alfie the Yorkshire Terrier brought charity inspector Stephanie Law's van to a halt on a country road in Buckinghamshire after dashing out of nearby woodland and into the middle of the road.
Ms Law scanned the dog's microchip, revealing it to be a seven-year-old pet stolen from a house in Wednesbury in the West Midlands on March 21.
Ms Law said: "I've had plenty of people wave me down for help, but I'd never been flagged down by a dog in need of rescue.
"We can only assume he had been dumped in the woods and came running out when he heard me drive along."
The RSPCA believe the burglars who took Alfie dumped him nearby before he made a rescue dash.
"We' re over the moon to have Alfie back - we didn't think we would see him again," said Alfie's 23-year-old owner Kirsty Mitton.