Harry’s home after huge online appeal

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Babbington Kennels’ mascot dog Harry was returned safe and well after he disappeared at the weekend sparking a massive online appeal.

Harry, a Yorkshire terrier belonging to the Sanderson family who own and run the Awsworth rescue centre, disappeared on Sunday afternoon.

The family and friends of the centre started circulating his picture on social networking site Facebook with hundreds of people sharing the appeal.

Sam Sanderson said: “We were all devastated when we realised Harry had gone.

“He roams about the site all day everyday and wanders from our home to the office so it wasn’t until later on that we realised he was gone.

“He’s a real character and we really missed not having him around.

“He’s a part of the team and everyone here knows and loves him.”

The family reported the disappearance to the police but in the meantime set about doing their own detective work.

After reviewing CCTV from Sunday the family posted images of people they wanted to hear from as they were at the centre at the time he went missing.

Sam said: “Not long after we put the pictures online a man rang up and said he had Harry.

“He told us he found the dog on the lane driving away from the kennels so they assumed he was a stray.

“If I’d have found a dog walking on it’s own near a rescue centre I would have turned around and took it back.

“But we’re just delighted that harry is back here with us where he belongs.”

On Tuesday lunchtime Harry was dropped back off at the kennels and reunited with his owners.

Sam added: “My dad broke down when I told him he was coming back, we were just so relieved to see him and have him back where he belongs.”