Blind cat missing for 11 years reunited with owner after being found a mile away

The owner of a blind cat has been reunited with her pet 11 years after it went missing.

Julie Gibbons, 56, received a phone call out of the blue telling her that her black moggy Dexter was found just a mile away.

She was "completely stunned" by the phone call as she had given up hope of ever seeing Dexter again.

Julie had adopted him and his ­sister Daisy in April 2010 and was easing them into life at their home.

But after four weeks she decided to let them into the garden to get familiarised with their surroundings.

Dexter climbed over a fence and ran off, and the family spent weeks looking for him night and day.

Julie, from Warrington, Cheshire, said: “We searched high and low for him but couldn’t find him. He was microchipped so we hoped we’d find him that way. But there was no sign of him and that was it."

The family had lost hope of finding Dexter but on January 29 a vet called to say he had been found.

Julie said: "I was stunned. I couldn’t believe it. He was living about a mile away."

Since going missing, Dexter has gone blind but he is settling back into his old home and mum-of-two Julie said: "We’re amazed and overjoyed to have him back with us."

The Daily Star recently reported on a blind dog who was found "traumatised" at a train station is looking for a new home after her previous owners abandoned her.

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Penny was discovered at a train station in December by a member of the public and taken to Cotswolds Dogs & Cats Home in Cambridge.

The rescue centre said the experience would have been "traumatising" for "terrified" Penny, who was "clearly suffering" at the time, the Gazette reports.

Haley Medlock, who works at the centre, said Penny quickly received the care she needed and it became apparent the dog had Glaucoma.

Vets monitored Penny closely but sadly there wasn't anything they could do to save her eyesight, so she had to have her eyes removed.

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