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Family's delight as missing dog is found

Runaway Ralf has been found - safe, sound and rather hungry Credit: Zoe Kiely

The search for a missing cockapoo prompted the posting of a £250 reward and even its own Facebook page - "Let's find Ralf and bring him home" and now the much loved dog is home safe and sound.

Zoe Kiely from Mannamead was heartbroken when eight-year-old Ralf ran off from a relative's home in Ivybridge on Monday 14 March.

The hunt for Ralf went viral on social media with a number of sightings. Zoe herself went out looking for her "soulmate" pooch every day and hasn't been able to sleep properly since.

But tonight she should sleep soundly as a farmer found the canine escapee sleeping in a barn in Ugborough and Zoe has been reunited with her faithful friend.

Thousands unite to search for missing dog after owner killed

Barney the three-year-old cockapoo is missing following the death of his owner Credit: Torpoint Police

Concerned strangers are uniting on social media to help search for a dog who disappeared when its owner was tragically run over and killed.

72-year-old Jennifer Lowden died after a crash on the A374 on the outskirts of Torpoint.

Now the hunt is on for her beloved three-year-old cockapoo Barney, who ran off following the collision, between Antony House and Horson cemetery on January 25.

After sharing the tragic story on their Facebook page, the plight captured the hearts of Facebook and Twitter users and has been shared thousands of times.

people responded to the post
people have shared the post
Credit: Torpoint Police

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The appeal by Torpoint Police has now been viewed more than 70,000 times and the hashtag #findbarney has been trending on Twitter.

It has inspired dozens of people to search the local area for the canine, with many out looking overnight.

Dog walkers and commuters have been urged to keep a look out for Barney during their day-to-day routines.