A beloved pet dog has been reunited with his owners after being found in Preston, 25 miles from home.

Monty, a six-year-old German Shepherd, went missing from home in Widnes over the weekend of April 24 -25.

The devastated owners were quickly helped by a neighbour who started an online appeal to find him and bring him home.

Michelle Eager posted the appeal on Facebook, and contacted the “Lost & Found Pets, Widnes & surrounding areas” group, InYourArea reports.

A member of the group rang around the region’s dog wardens until she hit success with a warden in Chorley who had taken Monty in after he was found about 25 miles away from Widnes in Preston.

It’s not known how he ended up in Lancashire, but Michelle has speculated he may have been stolen.

Thanks to her fast actions and of others, Monty was back home with his relieved owners by late Tuesday afternoon, April 27, only a day after a tearful owner had first alerted Michelle.

Monty has been reunited with his owners in Widnes.

She credited the power of social media with achieving such a fast resolution to the potentially emotionally devastating situation.

In particular, she highlighted the “amazing” impact of the missing pets group.

She said: “There are some amazing groups - one of my old friends put me in touch with this ‘Lost & Found Pets, Widnes & surrounding areas'.

“You wouldn’t think of ringing Chorley.”

Michelle also got to break the good news to one of her neighbours.

She said: “She came back and she was crying tears of joy on my doorstep.”

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