A Fife community has rallied around to bring a much-loved therapy dog back home after it was spooked by fireworks.
Bella, Bell Baxter High School’s therapy dog, caused quite a scare on Thursday night when she ran off in fright in Cupar because of nearby fireworks.
The six-month old Golden Retriever bolted at speed through the fields surrounding the town and many feared the worst.
However, the school’s main message of ‘Togetherness’ could not have been demonstrated better as news of her disappearance was shared on social media and word spread rapidly.
Local pet shop owner Fiona Houston, from J and T Rogers, reported 42,000 people had seen her post following the drama, causing many locals to drive around the area and scour the hedgerows trying to locate her.
Pupils from Bell Baxter High also played their part by sharing the news via Snapchat and Instagram causing dozens of them to take to the streets and fields.
Torches and headlights could be seen all over the town, as well as sniffer dogs and drones being employed, while local search group, All4Paws Fife, also spotted the story and sent experienced dog locator, Sue Forrester, to the scene.
Luckily, the combination of people power and Sue’s invaluable knowledge helped ensure Bella was returned home safe and well despite her ordeal.
Linda Jeffrey, who looks after Bella for the school, commented: “In these dark days of the coronavirus it is easy to feel isolated and alone.
“Last night demonstrated the power of community and the overwhelming support it can offer.
“I will always be grateful to the hundreds of people who reached out in our moment of need and helped to bring Bella home safely.”