The owner of a dog which went missing and was later found dead has spoken of his gratitude to the volunteers who took part in the search.
Meg, a seven year-old border terrier, vanished from her home in Long Buckby Wharf around noon on Saturday July 26.
When news about Meg spread, her family said they were overwhelmed by the response from the local community.
Meg’s owner Alan Boddington said: “It was amazing to have so many people turn up to search. It was fantastic.
“We had messages of support online from as far away as Belgium and America.”
The 47 year-old, who runs Corporate Cars Ltd in Long Buckby Wharf, added: “People turned up with bottles of water and dog leads in case they found her.
“And they came back. They came back the next day and the day after that.
“There was even talk of getting a tracker dog,” he added.
But searchers who arrived at the family’s home on Friday morning were met with the tragic news that Meg had been found dead.
This came as a devastating blow to Mr Boddington, his wife Alison, their daughter Alex, 18, and son George, who is 14.
Mr Boddington said:“We had a little girl called Lauren with special needs. She was a fabulous person. We lost her suddenly five years ago, she was very special and Meg was her companion. Meg would sit with her for hours at a time.
“Meg was about seven weeks old when we got her. She was a very sweet and kind dog. She never snapped. Just a very sweet hearted little dog who was brilliant with children.”
Mr Boddington added: “I want to thank everybody who was so helpful looking for Meg. She was such a good family pet.”
A joint investigation has been launched by Northamptonshire Police and the RSPCA into the incident.
A spokesman for the police said: “We have interviewed a man under caution in connection with the theft of a dog from Long Buckby and inquiries are ongoing in conjunction with the RSPCA.”
A spokesman for the RSPCA said: “We are currently assisting the police with their investigation. As this is a live case, we cannot comment further at present.”