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Houghton Conquest Community Rejoices - Lost Dog Found by a Thermal Drone



In an extraordinary display of technology's role in animal rescue, a thermal drone became the unlikely hero in finding Ulysse, a dog missing for 12 harrowing days. Ulysse's adventure began during a routine walk in Houghton Conquest, Bedfordshire, when he suddenly vanished. Enter Drone to Home, a Nottinghamshire-based charity equipped with a thermal drone, ready to turn the tide in this urgent search.


Picture the scene: dense hedgerows in a rural area, an anxious owner, and the relentless ticking of time. Just when hope seemed to wane, the charity team, including Phil James and Laura Clark-Ward, deployed their advanced thermal drone. Within less than two hours, the drone’s camera spotted Ulysse tangled in his retractable lead, unable to escape from the hedgerow where he was stuck.


The emotional moment when Ulysse was found is palpable. Sam Boyle, Ulysse's owner, overwhelmed with relief, rushes to the scene upon receiving the call from Phil James. There, they find Ulysse, significantly thinner, having survived on sticks and twigs, but alive – his eyes bright and tail wagging. The reunion is nothing short of miraculous, a poignant testament to the bond between a pet and its owner.


This successful mission goes beyond just one dog's rescue; it highlights the incredible potential of technology in saving lives. Phil James, a former police officer turned chief executive of the charity, shared his joy and surprise at the successful rescue, a first of its kind for him.


Ulysse's story has inspired Sam Boyle to fundraise for Drone to Home, aiming to purchase another drone to aid in similar rescues. Her efforts, along with the charity's ongoing work in locating horses during heavy rainfall and flooding, underscore the importance of such technology in rescue operations.


This heartwarming tale is a reminder of the innovative ways in which technology can be harnessed for good, bringing together communities in efforts to save and protect our beloved animal companions.


Photo Credit: DALL-E Generated Image.

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