The owners of runaway beagle Jerry have hosted an event to thank the Slaithwaite community for their support after their pet disappeared and was later found.

The plight of Jerry went around the world on social media as her owners Nick and Steph Brown launched a desperate bid to track her down.

After a day short of three weeks on the run, Jerry was found but her ordeal living wild meant she had lost more than half her body weight.

She was returned home but had to be treated at the vets but is now recovering at home.

Nick and Steph organised a gathering at Little Bridge wine bar in Slaithwaite today.

Nick, 41, of Slaithwaite, said: “We just want to say thank you to everyone in Slaithwaite who supported us and of course the people who found her.

“We brought Jerry down for about 20 minutes.

 

“She is still quite weak because she was dehydrated when she was away so it’s just a case of getting her back to full strength.”

And Nick said he had been amazed at the appeal for help.

He added: “We’re not really Facebook people but we wanted to spread the word. When we heard the appeal had gone viral we couldn’t believe it.”

Jerry bolted from her pen on Bonfire Night, probably startled by fireworks. The search for her went global on Facebook and Twitter with thousands of people sharing the Examiner’s story about her disappearance.

She was eventually caught by dog walkers Lorraine Brown and Sue Parker at Deer Hill.