A beloved family dog who went missing for days has been found safe and well – trying to snaffle a sandwich from children enjoying their tea.
Twenty-month-old female beagle, Mattie, went missing while being taken for a walk in Rother Valley Country Park on Saturday.
Mattie, who was off her lead, ran away in fright at 5.30pm when thunder and lightning struck.
Owner Angela Bennett, aged 50, from Killamarsh, contacted The Star to publicise her appeal, handed out leaflets, and even had people offer to use tracker dogs to find Mattie.
And she had over 10,000 people share her Facebook message which pleaded for people to help find her treasured pooch.
Now the dog has been found – after being caught pinching a sandwich from a group of children from High Green who were having tea with friends in Hackenthorpe.
They children told their parents they had found a loose dog, and the tri-colour was discovered to be wearing a red collar with her phone number etched on the tag. The parents immediately called Angela.
She now plans to send a £10 gift voucher to each of the children who found Mattie and said: “I would really like to say thank you.
“Mattie is a member of the family and my children were distraught when she went missing.
“But people just looked for her. It’s been phenomenal. We had loads of reported sightings. Strangers turned up with their own dogs to search for her and even put up posters of her themselves.”
Apart from an infected eye and very sore paws from roaming the streets, the pup is fit and well.
“We are just totally chuffed to have her home,” Angela added.