A runaway beagle whose story went around the world on social media has been found safe and well – after almost three weeks.

Five-year-old Jerry slipped out of her pen at a Slaithwaite farm on Bonfire Night.

The hunt went global on Facebook and Twitter with thousands of people sharing her picture.

Late this afternoon despairing owners Nick and Steph Brown received the call they had been hoping for. Jerry had been found.

The distinctive beagle had been grabbed by a farmer at Deer Hill near Meltham and had been taken to a vet for a check up. She had lost weight but was otherwise in good health.

Nick, 41, said there had been a rash of sightings over the weekend and more today.

“We are just so relieved. We think it was a farmer who saw her and grabbed hold of her – and she bit him for his trouble!

Jerry the beagle who went missing from her Slaithwaite home on Bonfire Night.
Jerry the beagle who went missing from her Slaithwaite home on Bonfire Night.
 

“She is skin and bone and they have taken her straight to a vet’s but she is ok. She was never a big dog anyway so I’m sure she will be fine.

“We can’t believe how everyone has pulled together to help find Jerry, sharing on social media and putting up posters.

“We are elated. The only person devastated will be our cat who no longer has the run of the house!”

The search for Jerry reached as far as Hong Kong and there were retweets from stars including Coronation Street actresses Hayley Tamaddon and Patti Clare.

Emily Gilfillan posted a picture on the #FindJerryDog Facebook group and wrote: “Jerry undergoing a full examination! Very underweight but now on the road to recovery. Hugging her mum as we speak.”

Lynsey Marshall wrote: “One day short of three weeks on the run. I am so unbelievably thrilled. Never cried so much in my life.”

Jackie Bigland spoke for many well-wishers when she said: “Bless her. Bet she sleeps well tonight.”