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A dog who ran away from home was found after 12 days in a nearby woodland after family used a thermal drone to locate him.
Ulysse went missing on 20 December during a walk, in Houghton Conquest, Bedfordshire, and his owner Sam Boyle never gave up hope of finding him.
Speaking on Good Morning Britain she explained that she saw a thermal drone in use on Facebook which gave her the idea to contact Nottinghamshire-based charity Drone to Home to help with the search.
After just two hours, Ulysse was found stuck in a hedgerow, with his retractable lead tangled tangled in branches, meaning he couldn’t free himself.
Sam said: ‘I was obsessed with trying to find him, I saw something on Facebook and I thought I need to get a drone.
‘So I got in touch with Drone to Home, who initially said because he bolted he would eventually make his own way back home, we really did think that he would try to trek back home, I didn’t want to think that he was caught up.’
Sam revealed the rescue dog was ‘very wary of people’ and ‘terrified of traffic’ before he ran away.
She added: ‘The thought that he was hiding and just coming out at night was probably the best case scenario for him.
‘When Phill rang me and said, “We can see him on the camera”, I said, “Is he alive?”, but of course he was because they were picking up a heat source from him.’
Ulysse had lost 10kg in weight and needed veterinary treatment after living off a diet of sticks and twigs.
Sam is now raising money to invest in more thermal drones to find missing dogs, cats and even people.
She said: ‘The fundraising has gone crazy, we asked for £12,000 and we are at £15,000 already.’
Ulysse went missing on 20 December during a walk, in Houghton Conquest, Bedfordshire, and his owner Sam Boyle never gave up home in finding him
After just two hours of searching, Ulysse was found stuck in a hedgerow, with his retractable lead tangled making him stuck and unable to free himself
Ulysse had lost 10kg in weight and needed veterinary treatment after appearing to live off a diet of sticks and twigs
On the GoFundMe page Sam wrote: ‘This couldn’t and wouldn’t have happened if it were not for an all weather Thermal Drone and the expertise from some great people and charities.
‘Canine Capture UK CIC with their invaluable skills, plotting and pinning areas on maps where they predicted Ulysse could be, and Drone to Home who traveled from Nottinghamshire on New Years Eve and within a few hours using the information from Canine Capture UK CIC and their own experiences found Ulysse deep within a hedgerow with his Flexi lead tangled and twisted around the branches.
‘If it had been a few hours later, this story really would have had a very different ending.’