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Happy end to dramatic tale of Spike the dog

A black Labrador has been reunited with his owners after going missing all night from his home in Silsden.

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Five-year-old Spike had escaped from his back yard and disappeared - his owners tried to search for him but it was too dark to track him down.

Facebook and Twitter messages were posted in an attempt to find Spike, while sightings were reported via North Yorkshire Police's Twitter feed.

Finally Spike ended up in Kildwick, where he was spotted by residents who had seen the alerts on social media.

They opened up their garage and let him in and gave him something to eat - and Craven District Council's environmental health team was called in to help catch him.

Wayne Gray, Environmental Health Officer, said: "I had to spend half an hour sat out in the cold trying to get him to trust me. He was very nervous.

"He had escaped from the owners' back yard - they think he had gone on his usual jaunt up the canal path. The owners had been frantically searching overnight but it was too dark to find him.

"Fortunately he was microchipped so we managed to find the owner and call them."

Every dog owner in England will have to microchip their animal from April 6, 2016 under plans intended to cut a rise in strays.

The microchips will be coded with owners' details, and owners who do not comply could face fines of up to £500.

Wayne said: "I would also advise dog owners to make sure that the dog has a collar and a tag. This makes it easier to track down the owner, and it's also easier for us to catch hold of the dog if it's wearing a collar."

If your dog goes missing, or if you find a dog you suspect is lost, call the council's Environmental Health Team during office hours on 01756 700600. Please leave all your details and an officer will get back to you as soon as possible.

Out of office hours a reception point is provided where stray dogs can be taken. Please contact the out of hours number: 01653 699392 for details.