By Brendan Rees
A rescue dog who wandered away for eight days after being spooked by another dog has been found safe in Hampton Park.
Wally, a two-year-old Chinese Crested dog, was reunited with his owners on Friday evening, 5 July following a frantic search.
Foster carers Siobhan and Tina lost their beloved hairless pooch after he was spooked by another dog on Warana Drive on 26 June, causing him to slip from his harness and bolt in fear.
Laura Barrett of No Hairs Ark Chinese Crested Rescue said Wally was “incredibly lucky” to be found at The Grange, Hampton Park given he was on medication and had experienced some cold nights.
“He was running in the opposite direction and recognised the voice, and turned around and ran straight towards the foster carer,” she said.
“He was found about a kilometre and half away from his home.
“He is all OK. He is a bit skinny but he went to the Vet straight away and had some IV fluids and everything like and he was all good in the end.”
Despite initial sightings of Wally in the Hallam wetlands, a line search would have required hundreds of people, Ms Barrett said, which would have forced Wally to run “further and harder.”