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Missing puppy Mack is home after six-day search involving hundreds of people finds him trapped by barbed wire in ditch

A MISSING puppy has been found under barbed wire after thousands of people joined a desperate six-day search.

Heartwarming photos show French mastiff Mack reunited with his relieved owner after the huge rescue operation in Blackpool, Lancs.

Devastated owner Mitchell Flackett set up a Facebook group called ‘Return Of The Mack’ after realising his beloved pet had vanished.

Mitchel said: “Everybody in Blackpool knows Mack. He’s become one of the town’s many characters. People stop to pet him, and shop owners feed him. He’s a regular feature."

The post went viral and within hours he had 6000 supporters.

Mitchel continued “Before I knew it, I was flooded with offers of help from total strangers who were getting their wellies on and going out to look for him.

“They were all amazing.”


Scaffolder Mitchell, said: “I went out to check on him, but the kennel was empty. God knows how he got out. I can only assume he was spooked by something and ran away.

“I called the police and the RSPCA, but he had only just vanished, and I knew there was very little they could do."

Mitchell’s daughters, 10-year-old Keira and Courtney-Leigh, 9, joined the search.

After six days the one-year-old puppy was found by Danny Moor and other volunteers lying in ditch two miles away from home, wrapped in barbed wire.

Mitchell described finding his dog as a "Christmas miracle".

He said: “Mack helped me through the hardest time in my life and I would never give up on him.

“My relationship broke down; I lost my home and I nearly lost my job. It was just me and Mack against the world for a time and he was always there for me. He kept me going."


Following his lucky rescue, Mack spent the night at the vet’s being checked over for any damage from his escapade.

It hit the £2k in a matter of hours with over 180 people pitching in and donating.