Pet dog who vanished chasing a rabbit turns up 150 miles away
A pet dog which vanished chasing a rabbit has turned up 150 miles away from where it disappeared. The distraught owners Helen and Matthew Nutter, constantly returned to the scene in Towyn, North Wales in the hope of finding her. Two weeks later, despite offering a £500 reward on Facebook to find Tilly the Spaniel-cross, they had given up hope. Helen and Tilly (LIVERPOOL ECHO) "It was absolutely heart breaking,” said Helen. “We've had her since she was 11 weeks old, she's our baby. We were all absolutely distraught, we weren't eating or sleeping.” It was then that Helen, 30, received a call from a man in Worcester - 153 miles from where she went missing - to say he had found Tilly. The mother-of-one, of the Wirral, Cheshire, said: "It is a complete mystery how she travelled that distance - someone must have taken her." Relief as missing dog turns up nine days later – at a Laura Ashley photo shoot The family had put on a "frantic search" for the five-year-old dog in Wales where they had been holidaying, covering the area in posters and topping off the effort with a Facebook appeal. Helen and husband Matthew returned to the spot "an endless amount of times" to look for Tilly. "It was hard work with a nine-month-old baby," said Helen, who has just finished her maternity leave. “The people of Wales were fantastic … complete strangers were absolutely great, they kept us going. "Word spread really quickly with hundreds of people offering to help, all of them keeping an eye out for Tilly." Pet insurance guide: 7 things you need to know to pay less Tilly had been bought by a man in Worcester, who told Helen he discovered the dog might have been stolen after he bought her for £200. Woman leaves £1m to pet dog in will, instead of her two sons Helen said: "We offered a £500 reward for Tilly but the family that had her said they were happy to get back what they paid for her. "Obviously she is priceless to us, we are just so happy to have her back." "There are lots of gaps in the story about how Tilly ended up where she was...but the main thing is she is back where she belongs, which is a great relief to us all."