Search success gets Mickey back home

Carol Hall cuddles returned blind dog Mickey, with her helper dog Neb keeping guard in the foreground

Carol Hall cuddles returned blind dog Mickey, with her helper dog Neb keeping guard in the foreground

First published in News The Westmorland Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

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.

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