January 24, 2022

Lost dog finally reunited with terrified owner after nighttime drone search

A drone service helped to reunite an owner with their lost dog using a powerful thermal imaging device.

Harvey the Husky had been lost next to a canal in Cotgrave, Rushcliffe with his owner getting increasingly concerned.

Drone operator Phil James, 45, carried out the dog rescue on Monday, June 28, close to Nottingham City Airport when the dog’s panicked owner rang him while searching for her missing pooch, reports Nottinghamshire Live.

Phil said: “I got a call from a woman named Rosie who was very panicked like most owners are when they lose their dogs.

“Luckily because of the work I do I know a lot of the airports, so I rang the manager at Tollerton airport at about 7.20pm just to get permission to fly because it was right next to the airport, and I need permission to fly within the flight restriction zones.

Phil James now has a team of over 100 ready to help
Phil James now has a team of over 100 ready to help

“I got permission before I had even got there, got the drone up and he was located near the canal.

“The Husky had a harness on and obviously got caught up in his harness which meant he’d been stung by nettles and things like that, but he was okay.

“It doesn’t take long to find these dogs with a thermal drone, the thermal drone is equivalent to what police helicopters use – it will find a rabbit in a bush from 70 metres in the air, so it is very powerful.”

Along with over 100 volunteers, Mr James has helped to locate 17 dogs this year alone who have been reported missing by their owners and has gained quite a following.

He provides this assistance for free in between his paid jobs and also sells keyrings with his phone number on for anybody that needs his services.

He said: “I have spent years in the police dedicating my life to public service.

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“I thought that there was something in this, so I put a WhatsApp group together and I have now got 114 volunteers who help me come out and search.

“I have sold 350 of my keyrings in the last 24 hours and ordered another 200 for Friday!”

Mr James set up a GoFundMe page to help ensure that he and his team can provide the best service to the community.

If you would like to donate, click here.