Three women used spy cameras and meatballs to find a missing dog

A missing dog has finally been found after three women decided to get creative with their search.

Zena – a Bosnian rescue dog – escaped through an open door at her foster home, back in April. The news of the lost puppy reached Shelly Spiller, Amanda James and Hazel Richards – the trio behind the Bristol and Somerset Missing Dogs Facebook group.

Following several confirmed sightings of the two-year-old terrier-cross, the women decided to take matters into their own hands.

Rescue dog Zena relaxes at home after she spent 15 weeks lost in the wild. See SWNS story SWOCdog. A dog on the run has finally been rescued after three women spent 15 WEEKS tracking her down - using the likes of spy cameras, night goggles and make-shift traps. Shelly Spiller, 32 , Amanda James, 42, and Hazel Richards, 52 , would spend their nights camping into the early hours in a desperate bid to find Bosnian rescue dog Zena. The trio - who run the admin for Bristol and Somerset Missing Dogs on Facebook - were notified of the puppy's disappearance back in April, after the terrier-cross breed escaped from her new foster home through an open door. After bolting into the distance, two-year-old Zena toured the parameters of Bristol, swimming up and down the River Avon five times before deciding to settle in Blaise Castle park, north Bristol.
Two-year old terrier cross Zena (Picture: Shelly Spiller / SWNS)
The threesome set up night patrols in Blaise Castle Park, with a supply of meaty treats to tempt the runaway back.
After a month passed without success, the three women decided to launch a GoFundMe page to raise £500 to buy a specialist wildlife camera.

The dedication didn’t stop there. They also chipped in a few hundred pounds of their own money, to put towards some night-vision goggles.

After successfully raising the money, the trio planted treats in the park and installed cameras to see what the pooch was up to.

One of the trail camera pictures of rescue dog Zena captured by a group of friends as they spent 15 weeks trying to rescue her. See SWNS story SWOCdog. A dog on the run has finally been rescued after three women spent 15 WEEKS tracking her down - using the likes of spy cameras, night goggles and make-shift traps. Shelly Spiller, 32 , Amanda James, 42, and Hazel Richards, 52 , would spend their nights camping into the early hours in a desperate bid to find Bosnian rescue dog Zena. The trio - who run the admin for Bristol and Somerset Missing Dogs on Facebook - were notified of the puppy's disappearance back in April, after the terrier-cross breed escaped from her new foster home through an open door. After bolting into the distance, two-year-old Zena toured the parameters of Bristol, swimming up and down the River Avon five times before deciding to settle in Blaise Castle park, north Bristol.
Runaway (Picture: Shelly Spiller / SWNS)
Shelly Spiller and her friends pictured searching for rescue dog Zena. See SWNS story SWOCdog. A dog on the run has finally been rescued after three women spent 15 WEEKS tracking her down - using the likes of spy cameras, night goggles and make-shift traps. Shelly Spiller, 32 , Amanda James, 42, and Hazel Richards, 52 , would spend their nights camping into the early hours in a desperate bid to find Bosnian rescue dog Zena. The trio - who run the admin for Bristol and Somerset Missing Dogs on Facebook - were notified of the puppy's disappearance back in April, after the terrier-cross breed escaped from her new foster home through an open door. After bolting into the distance, two-year-old Zena toured the parameters of Bristol, swimming up and down the River Avon five times before deciding to settle in Blaise Castle park, north Bristol.
Shelly Spiller, Amanda James and Hazel Richards went above and beyond (Picture: Shelly Spiller / SWNS)
Shelly said: ‘We soon realised she wasn’t a fan of things like fish, tuna, mackerel or anything fishy really.

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‘So we switched it to meats and fresh wet food. We didn’t buy tinned goods. She was living like a fox so that wouldn’t have been any good.

‘It was quite expensive in the end. We must have spent about £500 which came out of our own pocket. But after we changed the food we had to look at changing the traps.’

The first trap they installed was too small for Zena to enter, so they had to make a larger version. After four months on the run, the dog was finally found – being lured into a cage filled with liver and garlic sausage, butcher’s tripe, Swedish meatballs and biscuits.
Video grab of the moment a dog on the run is rescued after three women spent 15 WEEKS tracking her down - using spy cameras, night goggles and make-shift trap filled with meatballs.See SWNS story SWOCdog; Shelly Spiller, 32, Amanda James, 42, and Hazel Richards, 52, spent nights camping into the early hours in a desperate bid to find?Bosnian rescue dog Zena. The trio run a Facebook page called Bristol and Somerset Missing Dogs and were notified of the puppy's disappearance back in April. After bolting through an open door at her new rescue home in Bristol, the terrier-cross wandered around the city before settling in Blaise Castle park.
Success (Picture: Shelly Spiller / SWNS)
Shelly Spiller and her friends finally cage rescue dog Zena. See SWNS story SWOCdog. A dog on the run has finally been rescued after three women spent 15 WEEKS tracking her down - using the likes of spy cameras, night goggles and make-shift traps. Shelly Spiller, 32 , Amanda James, 42, and Hazel Richards, 52 , would spend their nights camping into the early hours in a desperate bid to find Bosnian rescue dog Zena. The trio - who run the admin for Bristol and Somerset Missing Dogs on Facebook - were notified of the puppy's disappearance back in April, after the terrier-cross breed escaped from her new foster home through an open door. After bolting into the distance, two-year-old Zena toured the parameters of Bristol, swimming up and down the River Avon five times before deciding to settle in Blaise Castle park, north Bristol.
A cage filled with meaty treats tempted Zena in (Picture: Shelly Spiller / SWNS)
Shelly Spiller and her friends after they finally caged rescue dog Zena. See SWNS story SWOCdog. A dog on the run has finally been rescued after three women spent 15 WEEKS tracking her down - using the likes of spy cameras, night goggles and make-shift traps. Shelly Spiller, 32 , Amanda James, 42, and Hazel Richards, 52 , would spend their nights camping into the early hours in a desperate bid to find Bosnian rescue dog Zena. The trio - who run the admin for Bristol and Somerset Missing Dogs on Facebook - were notified of the puppy's disappearance back in April, after the terrier-cross breed escaped from her new foster home through an open door. After bolting into the distance, two-year-old Zena toured the parameters of Bristol, swimming up and down the River Avon five times before deciding to settle in Blaise Castle park, north Bristol.
The trio eventually found the cheeky pooch (Picture: Shelly Spiller / SWNS)

The adventurous mutt is now staying at an animal rescue centre, where she will remain until she is ready to be fostered again.

Shelly added: ‘I just can’t believe we actually managed to catch her. But we wouldn’t have stopped until we did.

‘Because she is a rescue dog her first instinct was to bolt off. She had only been with her new foster family for two weeks.

‘The key was being as quiet as possible. At the beginning we were out there until 2.30am to 3am in the morning.

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‘But once we got the cameras installed we were able to watch the trap from one of our houses, as we live nearby.

‘Sometimes we would have to do another late night as the WiFi router would run out. We had to keep topping that up every three or four days.’

She added: ‘There are going to be people who will say “why did you spend months searching for her when she had only been with her foster family for two weeks?” but I just think animals shouldn’t be dismissed.’

‘In our eyes every animal deserves to be warm, fed and comfortable.’

What an inspiring trio.

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