A dog owner has thanked all those who helped get her beloved pooch home after the canine had been missing for more than a month. Bella, who went missing from her home in Leek, was spotted at various locations across the Moorlands and East Staffordshire before she was finally found in Leigh and taken back home - 36 days after going missing.
A dog owner has thanked all those who helped get her beloved pooch home after the canine had been missing for more than a month.
Bella, who went missing from her home in Leek, was spotted at various locations across the Moorlands and East Staffordshire before she was finally found in Leigh and taken back home – 36 days after going missing.
Her safe return home was thanks to a great team effort – in particular by those from the local ‘Lost Dog Capture Team.’
Bella was spotted in a number of places including in Consall, Cheadle, Ellastone, and Tean.
Owner of Bella, Jackie Sweeny, said: “Thanks to everyone who’s rejoiced with me in Bella’s safe return. Many people have asked for more information on how she was caught.
“The first thing to say is that it never would have happened without the action, vigilance and support of the Lost Dog Capture Team (Staffordshire). They were outstanding.
“After no reports of any sightings for six days (her last sighting having been in Ellastone just outside Ashbourne) I got a phone call from Shannon from a vet practice in Uttoxeter to say a client of the vets had reported seeing Bella in and around their farm in Leigh (near to Checkley and Tean) since Monday.
“It appears she had been spending her evenings snuggled up in the sheep shed with the sheep. The farmer could see her on the CCTV happily sleeping away alongside the sheep.
“The wonderful farmer didn’t try to shoo her away but, instead, went to the butchers and bought her a bone.”
Jackie continued: “When the Lost Dog Capture Team (LDCT) were informed they immediately sprang into action relocating the cage trap from Ellastone to the sheep shed (with the farmers permission of course).
“Once the cage trap was set up and Dawn from LDCT started to drive home she had barely got to the end of the farm drive when her alarm showed her there was activity at the cage. Lo and behold it was Bella and she was successfully caught there and then.
“I can’t stress enough that I believe I would never have got her back if I hadn’t had the help of this marvellous organisation – Lost Dog Capture Team. They are my (and Bella’s) super-heroes.”
To find out more and to read the full story about how Bella was found, go online to: www.facebook.com/lostdogcaptureteamCIC.
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