Woman's joy after stranger saves dog from river
A four-year-old dog has been reunited with her grateful owner after a week-long trek across the city and a dramatic river rescue.
Border collie Mollie went missing from the back garden of her home in Newbridge Road earlier this month.
Her 62-year-old owner Lesley Hobbs was distraught and feared the worst as she put up posters appealing for sightings.
But she was overwhelmed by the level of support she received, which saw strangers spreading the word and combing the streets searching for Mollie.
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The lucky dog was pulled out of the river near the Dolphin pub, at Locksbrook Road, a week later by Good Samaritan Ashley Bailey.
Mrs Hobbs said: "I was heartbroken when Mollie went missing and am so grateful to everyone who went out to look for her.
"Most were people I have never met before, and who didn't know Mollie. This has restored my faith in human nature."
After escaping from the garden, there were reported sightings of Mollie all over Bath, in areas including Twerton, Combe Down, Whiteway and even as far afield as Bitton.
All the sightings were reported on the Dogs Lost website, and Mrs Hobbs followed them all up.
Owner and animal share a deep bond, with Mollie being one of the last links to her husband Chris, who died of lung cancer last January.
Mollie was nicknamed Nurse Mollie, after her refusal to leave Mr Hobbs during his illness.
Mrs Hobbs said: "She gave Chris so much comfort in the final stages of his illness. When he died Mollie was so depressed, she used to lie on the sofa bed on his pyjama jacket."
A week after she went missing Mollie was spotted near the river, and when cornered, panicked and jumped in.
Mr Bailey was walking by at the time and jumped in to rescue the dog.