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Appeal funds helicopter flight to find Bury St Edmunds couple’s lost dog

Gary Lee, left, and Lewis Blythe reunited with their boxer Murphy after he went missing in the Lake District and was found after five days roaming the mountain side following a helicopter search ANL-140424-013703009

Gary Lee, left, and Lewis Blythe reunited with their boxer Murphy after he went missing in the Lake District and was found after five days roaming the mountain side following a helicopter search ANL-140424-013703009

A beloved boxer dog, missing for five days in a remote part of the Lake District, was found after £1,000 in donations paid for a helicopter to be hired.

Murphy, a 21-month-old boxer, slipped his lead after seeing sheep while walking with his owners Lewis Blythe and Gary Lee in the Angletarn Pikes last Monday.

Five days later Murphy was still missing and a social media campaign endorsed by celebrities including TV presenter Clare Balding had raised £1,000 to pay for a last ditch attempt to find him.

Lewis, 29, from Bury St Edmunds, went up in the helicopter over the peaks to search for Murphy on Saturday.

He said: “It was a last chance thing. It was the last thing we were going to do. I went up and we flew over the area a few times then one of the pilots in the back spotted him.

“He had his tail between his legs when the pilots got there but then he saw me and he started wagging his tail. He was scared and hungry.”

Murphy was found on a crag not far from where he had gone missing.

Lewis said Murphy was dehydrated and had some cuts and bruises but had largely survived his days in the wilderness well.

When news that he had been found spread across Twitter Clare Balding tweeted ‘hooray’.

The campaign to raise funds for the helicopter search was spearheaded by Notts and Yorkshire Boxer Rescue.

Lewis said: “It was absolutely overwhelming the support we received.

“The Notts and Yorkshire Boxer Rescue were fantastic. Without them we would not have got our dog back.”

Lewis said that he and Gary were thrilled to have had their pet returned to them and now back at home Murphy is recovering well from his ordeal.

He said: “He means the world to us he’s like another member of the family.

“He’s getting back to his normal self now.”

 

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