The family of a golden Labradoodle who has been reported missing since July 14 have shared the devastating news of the dog’s death.
ua went missing from her home in Randalstown after a frantic search lasting several weeks and a significant campaign on social media.
The therapy dog belonged to the Bonnes family and disappeared from their family home on Magheralane Road.
The family had offered £5,000 for information leading to their discovery.
In a tragic update, the Find Rua Facebook group said the dog would not return home and had “went across the rainbow bridge instead.”
They said the death left the family “devastated”.
“We cannot thank each and every one of you enough for being with us on this harrowing journey over the past 19 days. We especially want to thank Lost Paws NI for their incredible support, expertise and kindness from the very beginning of contacting us,” they wrote.
“To Lagan Search & Rescue who so willingly gave up their precious time and resources to search the river for Rua. To Search and Recuse NI who searched field by field, ditch by ditch.
“To Devine Design, who printed massive amounts of posters, and to all the kind volunteers who sent them far and wide.
“We especially want to thank the public who have been searching day and night for Rua and everyone who has provided drones, shared posts and sent messages of support. You don’t know how much that meant to us.
“Rua was a big part of our family and that’s why her loss is tremendously painful for us. We will somehow learn to live without Rua now, but we will remember the love and friendship she brought to our family, and as our hearts recover in time, her beautiful soul will be cherished in our home by the wonderful memories of love and happiness that she has planted in our hearts.
“One thing we have learned from this horrific journey is that the good in people far outweighs the bad. The kindness in our community and beyond has been incredible.”
https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/family-of-missing-randalstown-therapy-dog-announce-rua-has-died-following-two-week-search-41886001.html Family of missing Randalstown therapy dog announce Rua has died following two week search