Exhausted pet dog is back after going missing for five days in the villages of North Yorkshire

A much-loved pet dog has been reunited with his family after wandering for 40 miles or more in villages across North Yorkshire for five days while his owners launched moonlit searches with the help of neighbours and friends.

Wednesday, 5th May 2021, 9:16 am
Reunited: The wandering Seth the Cockapoo back with his owners dad Nick Wield, mum Anna and children James, 14; Daisy, 11; and William, nine. (Picture Gerard Binks)

Owner Nick Wield, Head of Wellbeing at Belmont Grosvenor School in Birstwith near Harrogate, and his wife Anna and three children were distraught when, their seven-year-old apricot Cockapoo called Seth disappeared while being taken for a walk in the Masham area.

Now that Seth is back home safe and well, albeit recovering from his ordeal, this family can’t believe how supportive everyone was in Seth’s hour of need.

Nick Wield said: What we would love to get across is the overwhelming gratitude to everyone. The community spirit was amazing.

“Nearly every person we bumped into was looking for him. Our friends family were out night and day.

“My colleagues at Belmont Grosvenor school gave up their weekends to help look.

“Seth’s dog walker was out all weekend searching, too.”

Having disappeared on the Friday afternoon, the Wields put out an alert on Facebook to try and track him down.

Nick himself was up at 4.30am on the Saturday morning to begin a search for the missing pet with the help of many people from the Ripon area but his wife Anna was even more dedicated.

Mr Wield said: "Anna and her friend Jenny were out all day and every evening until very late.

"There were various sightings of Seth reported on social media over the weekend. From what we can work out, he had travelled from Nutwith woods above Masham down through the town to the station caravan park. Then onto the village of Snape on Friday night. On Saturday evening he was spotted inBinsoe Wood in Hambleton and then just outside North Stainley, then back to West Tanfield then to Low Burton. He finally walked into a house in the Ripon area on Tuesday lunchtime.”

At one point a couple from York who had seen the FB posts even drove to the Ripon area to join the search for Seth.

Looking very thin and sporting cut paws , it was discovered when he finally got back to his own home that poor Seth had pneumonia.

But the good news is, after being treated by the vet, the wandering Cockapoo is back home on the sofa with his family where they hope he will stay at least for a while.

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