PEOPLE in Ballymena came out in their droves recently to help locate a vulnerable dog who had been rescued from a puppy farm.
Debbie, a Cavachon, was rescued from a puppy farm in the south of Ireland and was bound for Ballymena to her foster home.
However when the car she was travelling in stopped she 'got spooked' and escaped.
Volunteer for Cavaliers in Need, Lynn Kyle, said Debbie ran from Ballee to the Seven Towers roundabout before disappearing into the surrounding fields.
"This all happened on Friday evening (November 16) so we immediately put a call out on Facebook for people to keep an eye out for her," Lynn explained.
"The response was absolutely phenomenal. People went out to look for Debbie who had no knowledge of her."
Debbie was missing all day Saturday and Sunday and as time wore on Lynn said she feared the worst.
"I knew because of my experience with dogs from puppy farms that they won't eat and will be terrified of humans because they have been treated so badly in the past.
"We kept looking for her across the fields but there was no sign of her.
"On Sunday evening one of our volunteers came and put two animal traps down in the location where she was last seen.
"These traps don't hurt the dog they simply have a door which shuts behind them once they step inside."
Thankfully Debbie came back to the area and was found in the trap in the early hours of Monday morning (November 19).
Lynn told the Guardian that she and other members of the Cavaliers in Need charity were so overwhelmed with the response from people in Ballymena.
"It was so heartwarming.
“People didn't know anything about this dog but they gave up their weekend to go looking for her."
The charity Lynn volunteers for are appealing for people to sign up and help in any way they can.
"If you have a passion for animals, a safe home and secure back garden then you could become a foster home.
"All the dogs we rescue have been treated in the most horrendous way. We rescue them and bring them to warm, caring, loving homes.
"We just want to thank everyone in Ballymena who helped to try and locate Debbie. We are very grateful."
Debbie is now in her foster home and is recovering well.
If you would like to volunteer with Cavaliers in Need you can contact them their Facebook page.