A BLIND dog that went missing for a week has been returned to his owner.

Mickey disappeared from Carol Hall’s Haverthwaite home on July 19 in what she thinks was a case of would-be thieves trying to take her dog Neo, who assists the wheelchair-bound mother-of-two who has multiple sclerosis and a damaged spine.

“I just collapsed in tears when I heard he’d been found,” she said. “There was no way he wasn’t coming home.”

A community-wide search, which included thousands of shares on social media, was launched for Mickey, with more than 50 people looking at one time for the four-year-old rescued Romanian street dog.

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And it was thanks to a trap donated by a woman from Cark that Mickey was able to be found.

“We tied a lump of meat on a hook and when he pulled it the door slammed shut,” said Carol.

Having returned to the family, Mickey was in ‘good health’ despite spending a week alone in the wild.

“He was covered in ticks, but he’s fine now,” Carol added. “It was just a week’s holiday for him!”

She is now planning to hold a day of ‘dog games’ and family fun on the playing field ar Haverthwaite on August 17 at 2pm to say thank you for the support she received during Mickey’s disappearance.