American Bulldog reunited with owners after eight months

An overjoyed family have been reunited with their dog eight months after she went missing in a remote forest. 

Nervous American Bulldog Izzy slipped out of her collar and disappeared in woodland after being spooked on a country walk.

Her owners Carol O'Neil and partner Gerry Clarke spent hours frantically looking for the rescue dog in vain before returning home heartbroken.

The devoted pair spent all their spare time over the next eight months searching - walking miles through the Welsh wilderness in all weathers.

Delighted Carol O'Neil with American Bulldog Izzy. The pair were reunited after eight months apart

Delighted Carol O'Neil with American Bulldog Izzy. The pair were reunited after eight months apart

Izzy slipped out of her collar and disappeared in woodland after being spooked on a country walk near Newport in Wales

Izzy slipped out of her collar and disappeared in woodland after being spooked on a country walk near Newport in Wales

A ten-strong team of dog-lovers, many of them strangers, joined the quest as they announced searches through social media.

'Team Izzy' scoured the countryside around Cwmcarn Forest near Newport, Gwent, where she vanished and weeks later spotted Izzy in the distance.

But Izzy, who was rescued from a cruel puppy farm shortly before she disappeared, ran off scared.

The couple set up a 6' x 5' deer cage with food left in it and a pad-activated trap was set. But somehow Izzy managed to get the food without activating the trap.

After five months the couple heard from a farmer who said Izzy had made friends with his smaller dog and was regularly coming onto his land.

But it took another three months before they finally managed to catch her - after enlisting a marksman to shoot her with a tranquiliser dart.

Carol, 55, and Gerry, 53, called in the trained marksman when other local farmers threatened to shoot Izzy to protect their livestock.

She was found four miles from her home in Wattsville, near Newport - where she is now slowly getting used to human contact again.

Izzy was spotted on several occasions - as seen in this picture taken by a dog walker - but she repeatedly ran off 

Izzy was spotted on several occasions - as seen in this picture taken by a dog walker - but she repeatedly ran off 

This photograph taken by a member of the search team showed a sighting of Izzy

This photograph taken by a member of the search team showed a sighting of Izzy

A ten-strong team of dog-lovers - many of them strangers - joined the couple's quest as they announced searches through social media

A ten-strong team of dog-lovers - many of them strangers - joined the couple's quest as they announced searches through social media

The rescue dog is now being rehabilitated and cared for at home by Carol and Gerry

The rescue dog is now being rehabilitated and

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