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Joy as missing dog found after four days
12:00pm Thursday 17th October 2013 in News
A MISSING Jack Russell was rescued by Coniston Mountain Rescue Team after it was lost for four days on Torver Back Common.
Five-year-old Pip was reunited with grateful owners Colin and Dorothy Richardson, both 70, after the team found her during a training exercise.
The couple were distraught when their dog disappeared during a holiday at Coniston Park Coppice Caravan Club.
Colin was walking with Pip above Coniston when he slipped and fell, spooking her, and she ran off with her extendable lead.
For four days the pair, of Worcester, searched the area and put up posters but had no luck until they contacted the ‘Dog Lost’ organisation, who suggested the MRT.
The team were unable to go on a call-out for a lost dog, but agreed to incorporate looking for Pip during a scheduled training exercise.
Team members, armed with squeaky toys and treats, carried out a line search.
“One of the team saw what he thought were cat’s eyes, but were in fact Pip’s eyes,” said a spokesman for Coniston MRT.
“Her lead had been snagged in the bracken so although she could run around, she could not actually go very far.
“The relief and sheer amazement was felt by everyone involved in the search.”
Dorothy said: “We feared the worst. We were convinced we were going to be driving back without her, which was so traumatic.
“When someone rang to tell me he had her in his arms I just couldn’t speak.”
Pip was cold and hungry but unhurt and is now safely back at home with her owners.
Dorothy and Colin, who plan to make donations to both Dog Lost and Coniston MRT, said they were extremely impressed by the community spirit of everyone who helped the search.
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