On Thursday, January 13, I set the stage for what could eventually turn into a dramatic and prolonged rescue.
Millie, three, of mixed race, let go of her leash and let her escape into the big free world.
Emma Oaks, Millie’s landlady, contacted the Dinmaid Rescue and Search and Rescue Service, who sent a missing person report in Hampshire, UK.
It wasn’t long before the first messages arrived from people who had seen Millie on the A27, which runs parallel to the south coast of Hampshire.
When the DDSR took the advice, they found the dog in the muddy plains along the coast.
But Mielle didn’t want to be caught and the rescue company lost her sight. The next day a message arrived from Hampshire Police, who were able to tell us that Millie had been seen along the marshy area of the area.
Roll in the swamp
Soon the Coast Guard and firefighters were involved in the operation.
– We offered to use our drones to find them, and DDSR wrote Facebook pages on their planes where they describe the whole search process.
It would take another day before the rescue services could locate Millie, who was still in the marshy areas along the coast.
But the access was not so easy. Between the rescue teams and Millie, there was 800 meters of sinking mud.
“We sent out kayaks to see if we could get close, but we couldn’t,” the salvage company wrote.
– Are you going to drown?
Then Millie did something that made the rescue more difficult.
As the tide was low, I moved through an area sandwiched between two small streams.
After consulting with locals, we found that if Millie was not moved within a few hours, she would be locked in an area that would eventually end up underwater, says DDSR.
– Then it probably sank.
This is where the sausage drone comes into play.
One of the drone pilots had the ingenious idea of attaching food to the drone to get Millie out of the danger zone.
– After checking the rules, we discovered that we had 170 grams to play. So we attached a 60 gram sausage to the drone, explains DDSR.
Then they flew the drone over the area where Mielle was.
– We didn’t think it would work, but it did!
Using the sausage drone, they were able to lure Mielle 300 meters away from the area that would have been flooded by the tide. But, despite the best efforts of the police and rescue services, she again managed to escape from the rescuers.
I ran straight ahead
The next day, new news emerged that Mielle had returned to her “usual” place: the main road. The rescue service has now sent two volunteers to see if they can find him.
We saw her and followed her from a safe distance to make sure she didn’t take the busy London road. Then she came off the main road into a dead end and a park, where our team tried to catch her. But they say Millie has passed them.
Another night passed, without being able to control an ephemeral Mielle.
called in the angel
The next day, the rescue service received information that Millie was in an industrial area. He was afraid she was going up the main road, so they enlisted the help of Mielle’s landlady, Emma.
Emma’s father, Tony, came to the scene.
– After walking around the area for 15 minutes, Millie came running towards the owner’s father and happily wagged her tail.
Thus, a long search was finally completed and Mielle was able to return to her owner. The dog also went to the vet, who can confirm that everything is fine.
Lots of love and comfort is the only thing described, says DDSR.
– wave of relief
Emma Oakes, tells the British newspaper Watchman that she is so happy that Millie is back.
I felt a wave of relief wash over me. She says it was great to bring her home, and she adds:
– Millie is very greedy, she eats everything you give her… raw carrots, cucumbers – but she prefers sausage. Meat is what she knows best, so tempting her with sausages was probably the best way to tempt her.
She says that Millie is a relocation dog and is very shy.
– She loves being at home and now that she’s back, she just sleeps. She only sleeps and eats.