Assistance dog Velvet reunited with owner

Dogs for the Disableds assistance dog Velvet and Lottie Wilcocks, from Ripponden in West Yorkshire, are finalists in this years Crufts Friends for Life competition.
Dogs for the Disableds assistance dog Velvet and Lottie Wilcocks, from Ripponden in West Yorkshire, are finalists in this years Crufts Friends for Life competition.

There was joy for a teenage girl on Saturday after she was reunited with her assistance dog.

Black labrador Velvet is a lifeline for owner Lottie Wilcocks, of Elland, who has used a wheelchair all her life after she was born with spina bifida and hydocephalus.

Kind-hearted strangers mobilised on social media to try and find Lottie’s canine companion, who went missing last Wednesday evening.

The news was made all the more special as aspiring Paralympian Lottie celebrates her 16th birthday tomorrow.