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Updated December 26th, 2023 at 15:36 IST

Lost and found: Dog's incredible 7-year survival story ends in heartwarming rescue

In November, someone informed the volunteer nonprofit Lost Dog Recovery UK South about a small black dog roaming in West Sussex, England.

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In November, someone informed the volunteer nonprofit Lost Dog Recovery UK South about a small black dog roaming in West Sussex, England. | Image:Facebook-Lost Dog Recovery UK South
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In November, someone informed volunteer nonprofit Lost Dog Recovery UK South about a small black dog roaming the road near Crawley Down, a village in West Sussex, England. Upon receiving the information, the organization took immediate action. Traffic was stopped, allowing the dog to retreat into the woodland, and food was left for her. The community's collaborative efforts and the organization's dedication played a crucial role in ensuring the safety of the 12-year-old stray dog, who had been missing for several years.

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The person inquired about the dog, a Patterdale terrier, and discovered that locals were acquainted with and occasionally fed the animal. Recognizing it might be a situation of an "owned dog allowed to roam," they brought a camera and left food until more information could be gathered.

The camera captured the dog wandering nearby over three days, and by the third day, she seemed to be anticipating her dinner from the rescue group. Lost Dog Recovery UK South gathered information from locals, learning that the dog was "in good condition, fed, and cared for," but they believed she had been straying for about a decade, which later proved inaccurate.

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Establishing a feeding routine over a week, the rescue discovered that the dog, with greying eyebrows and muzzles, was a senior dog. On December 9, volunteers set a trap with a tempting meal – warm roast chicken topped with paté. The dog cautiously entered the trap that night.

Although she was initially shocked and scared, the rescue, through her microchip, identified the dog as Rose, missing since March 2017, just 24 hours after being adopted. The rescue learned that Rose had been spotted in the initial days after going missing, but the trail had gone cold. Rose's original owners were contacted, but circumstances prevented them from caring for her. The owners were relieved that Rose was safe, even though they couldn't take her back.

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In an update on December 18, the nonprofit reported that Rose was receiving care at Last Chance Animal Rescue in Edenbridge, Kent, England. The organization mentioned receiving numerous rehoming inquiries for Rose and directed interested parties to contact Last Chance Animal Rescue.

 

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Published December 26th, 2023 at 15:36 IST

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