A pet owner has been reunited with her Romanian rescue dog after eight days.

Lynn Clements, 57, of Garrick close, was devastated when her dog Ryna escaped from the garden of her home in North Ealing on August 9 .

Ryna, three, was next seen in Gurnell Grove at 8pm the following day.

Ms Clements said: "I stuck up loads of posters all over London and hoped when people saw them they would give me a call.

"Altogether I had about 50 phone calls from people who had either seen my posters after they'd walked past Ryna or seen it on a website or the newspaper.

"As I was looking for her I highlighted all the places people had said they'd seen her on a map, which led me to guess where abouts she was headed next.”

The mixed breed dog was spotted for the final time eight days later, when she was picked up by a member of the public in Paddington and returned safely to her owner, who estimates the dog travelled close to 16.4 miles altogether.

 

Ms Clements said: “I was distraught. I didn't eat or sleep for the entire time Ryna was missing.”

Ryna was returned without any observable injuries or signs of trauma.

Ms Clements had urged people not to attempt to approach her pet if found, but to phone her directly, as she predicted Ryna would 'bolt' due to her fear of people.

The 57-year-old added: “This fear of people comes from Ryna's background in Romania, where stray dogs are in a horrific situation."

Ms Clements has held several protests against cruelty towards stray dogs in Romania close to the Romanian embassy on Kensington High Street in the past, and plans to hold another this September.

Ms Clements, who adopted her pet three months ago, thanked the public for their help in reuniting her with Ryna.