A stolen pet dog found days later on a busy road miles away from home might just be the luckiest Labrador in Britain.
Tank the dog was discovered in a dangerous position walking down the middle of a 60mph A–road 27–miles from home in Nottinghamshire - while cars and lorries swerved to avoid him.
Fourteen-year-old Tank had been in the back of owner Ron Brocklesby’s van when it was stolen from his home in Market Rasen three days earlier.
Ron - whose dog is “like another arm” - was left devastated and had almost given up hope of ever seeing his beloved pet again.
But incredibly, Tank survived the ordeal and was rescued by a woman as she drove to work on the A161 between Walkeringham and Misterton.
Ron, 58, of Willingham Road, has described the moment he got a call saying Tank had been found alive.
“I was shocked, I couldn’t believe it, I didn’t think I’d see him again,” said Ron.
And it was an emotional moment when Ron was finally reunited with Tank the next day.
He said: “I’m not one for words, I couldn’t tell anyone what I felt, it was unbelieveable, I had a lump in my throat.
“I was wobbling a bit and I couldn’t speak for a while.
“It had knocked me hard. He’s very lucky.”
Ron said Tank had been in “hell of mess” but was cleaned up and looked after by the woman who found him.
In the days that Tank was missing Ron had struggled to sleep at night and had called everyone he knew asking them to keep an eye out for his dog.
He said: “Every time I got a call or a text I was rushing to my phone, thinking it would be some news about Tank.”
Ron’s silver Transit van (WGO7 XZO) has still not been located - it was stolen between 8pm and 10pm on Monday, January 7. Call police on 101 if you have any information - quote incident 412 of January 7.