Juno the Norfolk Search and Rᴇsᴄᴜᴇ Dog Reunited With Owner After Six Days Mɪssɪɴɢ Over Christmas

A search and Rᴇsᴄᴜᴇ dog that went ᴍɪssɪɴɢ for six days was back at home yesterday after she was spotted by a drone during a Rᴇsᴄᴜᴇ operation.

Juno, a German shorthaired pointer, was wearing a hi-visibility yellow jacket when she ran into an area of tall reeds during a family walk on December 21 and failed to respond to calls. Various search and Rᴇsᴄᴜᴇ teams, including Norfolk Lowland Search and Rescue, which normally uses Juno to find ᴍɪssɪɴɢ people, set off with thermal-imaging sensors, high-visibility drones and a boat.

A large-scale search and social media appeal was quickly launched, with 65 searchers and 20 support members from a number of search and Rᴇsᴄᴜᴇ teams lending their services, including personnel from Kent, Buckinghamshire and Cambridgeshire.

Juno’s owner, Ian Danks, was desperate to find her. Mr Danks said he and his family had spent 55 hours searching for Juno, who has been involved a number of successful searches for ᴍɪssɪɴɢ people since qualifying as a Rᴇsᴄᴜᴇ dog in February 2019.

He said: “She’s not just any dog, she’s our family dog. I’ve got a young family and she’s one of us. She’s my best friend.”

And on Monday she was spotted by Paul Wesley, search manager and Rᴇsᴄᴜᴇ drone team lead for Suffolk Lowland Search and Rescue, who was operating one of three drones up in the skies. The drone team managed to locate Juno one a small island.

After she was spotted by the drone, a boat team was guided in to Rᴇsᴄᴜᴇ her, and she was soon met by Mr Danks and the team. Mr Danks was emotional when he was told his dog had been found. His first call was to his wife. His voice cracking with emotion, he said: “I’ve got some really good news, they’ve found Juno and she’s ᴀʟɪᴠᴇ… She’s ᴀʟɪᴠᴇ, she’s ᴀʟɪᴠᴇ. I’m racing to get to her now, but she’s ᴀʟɪᴠᴇ.”

Norfolk Lowland Search and Rᴇsᴄᴜᴇ confirmed that Juno had later gone for a check-up at the vets, and apart from some sᴏʀᴇ ᴘᴀᴡs , she was in good spirits.  They thanked all of those who shared social media posts trying to find her, with more than 7,500 shares which reached more than 500,000 people.


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