The search for miniature dachshund Tilly, who went missing in fields near her Hook Norton home last week, ended in sadness when two Heythrop Hunt experts discovered her body in an underground drain.
Heartbroken owner Sara Fulton expressed immense gratitude to hundreds of people who turned out to look for the tiny, two-year-old pet, sent messages through Facebook and shared the story on social media.
Ms Fulton and her partner Geoffrey, and numerous volunteers, had searched countryside around the couple’s home on the Whichford Road for days and specialists had used a 50 metre scope with a camera on the end to examine the drain, down which Ms Fulton believed the dog had gone, following a rabbit.
An extension of the exploration of the drain found the animal’s body some 40 metres further on.
Ms Fulton said: “The two highly professional men that came from the Heythrop Hunt were exceptional, both in their ability to search and their compassion towards me and my wee darling dog. Even after finding her they were truly wonderful in their care.
“I want to give sincere thanks to the local community, to all those that helped me, of which there were many hundreds and not just the local area either. Our postman was told of Tilly’s find by someone in Evesham.”