Frightened dog returned safely home to Welwyn Garden City
PUBLISHED: 15:17 17 March 2016 | UPDATED: 15:19 17 March 2016
A vulnerable dog that sparked a huge search party across Welwyn Garden City is now safe and in a secure kennel.
Audrey, a white cross breed who went missing from her Welwyn Garden City foster home, was found on the morning of Thursday, March 17 on a farm in West Stevenage.
Around 21 women from WGC and Stevenage formed a search party for Audrey, with 900 people joining a Facebook page to support the search.
Karen Gilbert, who rescued Audrey from Romania in December, said: “I am ecstatic. It’s just fantastic.
“We had information that she was seen several times on a farm in Stevenage. We got in touch and asked the owner if we could set up a trap on the land. We had massive help from the security guard.
“Audrey had been going in the trap but not far enough to trigger it but then this morning she actually triggered it.
“It’s amazing. I can’t believe it.”
Audrey, who is between two and three years old, went missing at 11am on December 27, after she escaped the kennels attached to her fosterer’s house and climbed the fencing.
She had been rescued from the streets of Botosani, Romania while pregnant and gave birth to five puppies, who were also fostered and taken to the UK.
Audrey has now returned to her original foster kennels, and appears healthy.
Ms Gilbert said: “She looks to be fine. The security guard knew where her den was and he went down there and had a look.
“There were lots of remains of rabbits and food cartons.
“I’ll give her time to settle and then I have plans to move her to a secure sanctuary with a friend of mine.
“I just want her to be safe now. It’s been a big team effort.”
The group have also been looking for another Romanian rescue dog, Eli, who went missing from her home in Knebworth, and will now transfer all their efforts to finding her.