A rescue dog who ran away from his owner after being spooked by fireworks has ‘surrendered’ to a local police station.
Rosie, a ‘cheerful’ border collie who enjoys ‘chasing squirrels’ and ‘fetching balls’, was walking with owner Steve Harper, 68, in Southfields Park near Loughborough town center around 4pm on November 4 when they heard a loud boom.
Mr Harper’s wife Julie, 62, told the PA news agency: ‘Someone set off fireworks and Rosie doesn’t like loud bangs.
“Rosie ran towards my husband but, before he could put the leash back on, another firework exploded and she just fired. My husband was upset and very distressed.
Ms Harper said Rosie ‘hates bonfire night’ and will ‘just go hide in the bath and shake’ every time she hears fireworks.
Mr. Harper attempted to contact Mrs. Harper, who was at home and unaware that 10-year-old Rosie was missing, without success.
But, at around 4.30pm, as Mr Harper was walking home with the couple’s other dog, Laser, Mrs Harper received a phone call from Leicestershire Police.
“They said, ‘Do you have a black and white collie?’ I said ‘Yes’ and then they said ‘She just walked over and went to the station,’” Ms Harper said.
Mrs Harper, a mother of five, then called her husband to explain that Rosie was safe.
Leicestershire Police have released CCTV footage of the ‘smart’ pup walking around the station and ‘sitting in the corner’.
The force said: “Our staff fetched water for Rosie and quickly became friends with a lot of noise.
“Luckily she was wearing a collar so a lead was available to contact Rosie’s owner, who was delighted she was found safe and sound.”
Ms Harper said the police were “wonderful” and are “very grateful” to have Rosie home.
She adopted Rosie on November 13, 2014 from K9Focus, a dog rescue center in Devon, and said she “loves to exercise” and do “collie things”.