Pluto - Image: Lost Pets IOW/Isle of Wight Animal Rescue Network

A dog that has been on the run in Ryde after escaping from a garden earlier this month, prompting a huge community appeal, has been safely recaptured.

Pluto, who was rehomed to the Isle of Wight from Cyprus, had been missing for 22 days.

His movements were tracked by hundreds of local people, in a massive effort to recapture him.

Pluto the dog

Feeding stations were set up and the dog was regularly sighted in the Ryde and Binstead areas. In one incident he was hit by a car and was spotted limping, but was still too fast to evade capture.

Tonight, Facebook group Lost Pets IOW and the Isle of Wight Animal Rescue Network are reporting that he has been safely trapped.

A post said:

ADMIN POST: Look Who Is Safe!!!! L.P. Members… Meet A Safe And Sound PLUTO!!!! Unbelievably he actually went into the Trap. Took everyone by Surprise..