WHEN 13-year-old Fletcher disappeared, his owners spent hours searching fields near Kidlington.
But the border collie was fighting for his life after falling into the Oxford Canal and getting stuck among brambles.
Firefighters were called to rescue the dog near the Highwayman Hotel at 7.45pm on Thursday. They pulled him to safety before calling the Oxford Animal Sanctuary. Warden Rachel Tatam and assistant warden Aaron Denton picked the dog up, while firefighters helped him warm up at the hotel off Banbury Road.
A Facebook appeal by the charity yesterday then helped Fletcher get reunited with his owners the Hudson family, of Lyne Road.
Mrs Tatam last night said the dog had been cold and disorientated after the ordeal. But she said the firefighters had saved Fletcher’s life.
Owner Phil Hudson, 25, said Fletcher had been on his dad Ian’s allotment before he disappeared. He said: “We were really worried about him. He is 13 and he has never run away from us before.
“One minute he was there and the next he was gone. We were searching until 10.30pm across the fields.”
12:40pm Monday 5th October 2015
A FATHER accused of shaking his 11-week-old baby to death has been cleared of murder.
1:21pm Monday 5th October 2015
The brother of Oxford United striker James Roberts has died after being involved in a car accident on Saturday night.
12:03pm Monday 5th October 2015
THE A34 in South Hinksey is currently partially blocked due to a broken down tipper-truck.
11:50am Monday 5th October 2015
PARTS of Oxfordshire are due to be hit by heavy rain later today, according to the Met Office. A severe weather warning has been issued by the agency for the South East, which will be in place from 12pm until 10pm today. It has been forecast that some areas will see more than 15 mm of rain in an hour, with overall totals more than 40 mm in several hours. Small patches of localised flooding and disruptions to transport are also possible. A Met Office spokesman said: "A very complex area of low pressure will bring warm, moist air northwards into Britain. There is a developing signal for heavy rain to affect some southeastern parts of England later on Monday. "Some minor disruption due to flooding is likely, with an additional risk of some very isolated more substantial impacts."
8:30am Monday 5th October 2015
A FAMILY stole thousands of pounds of benefits from a man with severe learning disabilities while forcing him to do menial and manual labour for £5 a day, a court heard.
7:00am Monday 5th October 2015
GREY pavements will be transformed with striking street art as one woman hopes to chalk up yet another successful art event this weekend.