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Missing dog found 17 days after escape at Melbourne Airport

Written by on April 23, 2024

Milo the Melbourne Airport escapee reunites with owners in UK after weeks  on the run - ABC News

A dog who went missing at the Melbourne Airport in Australia was reunited with his owner in Wales after a 17-day search.

The dog, named Milo, had been due to travel home to Swansea, Wales, with owner Jason Whatnall when the canine escaped from the custody of AeroPets Animal Transport.

A 17-day search of the area was launched, and there were multiple sightings reported, but Milo always fled before he could be caught.

“He’s had a ball — he was chasing rabbits, playing with the kangaroos around Tullamarine,” Whatnall told 7News. “He had a massive adventure. Last little trip around Australia before jetting off to the U.K.”

Animal rescuer Nigel Williamson shared video showing the moment Milo finally walked into a humane trap set up by a local charity group.

Whatnall said his reunion with Milo at Heathrow Airport was emotional for them both.

“He was squealing like a little cheeky boy he is — he couldn’t stop. It was great,” Whatnall said.

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