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Missing blind dog found by MOD radar
9:00am Saturday 16th March 2013 in News
A WOMAN has been reunited with her blind Jack Russell dog after friends, neighbours and strangers joined together in a three day search spanning miles... and a military firing range.
Karen Quinn, of Oban Road, Southend, was distraught when her beloved dog Cookie did a runner while they were out walking in Shoebury.
Despite a frantic initial search, Karen couldn't find her and she asked neighbours to keep an eye out. She said: "We looked for her until it was so dark, we couldn't see to look any more."
Neighbours were up at 6:30am the next morning, putting up posters, searching and rallying friends and strangers to help - but there was still no sign of her.
On the third day, Karen recieved a message from the Ministry of Defence base at Shoebury, saying her dog had been spotted by a radar operator at the firing ranges.
But by 4pm when they were allowed onto the ranges, the dog had vanished.
Karens friends posted a photo on Facebook and she was overwhelmed by the response. She said: "People were going out in cars looking for her, and my phone didn't stop ringing with sightings of her."
Cookie was eventually found by the side of a busy road, having been all around Shoebury, Southend, Great Wakering and East Beach.
Karen said: "I'm just so glad I got her back, and I wanted to thank everybody who helped out - friends, neighbours, people going out in cars all day looking for her.
"You hear of so many dogs going missing, and you never seem to hear about the ones who come back.
"It just goes to show what you can do when a whole community works together."