Search reunites autistic girl with faithful helper
A SPECIALLY trained autism assistance dog has been found following a big search.
Three-year-old labrador Darcy was reported missing in Ennis, Co Clare, but has now been reunited with eight-year-old autism sufferer Sadia Coptu from Limerick.
Sadia had been to Spanish Point in Co Clare with her family for a day out on Friday. While returning home, the family stopped in Ennis for a break and parked close to the local abattoir. It is believed Darcy bolted in fear after catching the smell from the facility.
Sadia's mother Miriam Coptu said last night: "We are very relieved that the dog is back. The dog is still very tired and is resting. But in a few days hopefully everything will be back to normal again. We are all very grateful to everyone in Ennis who helped find Darcy."
After Darcy was reported missing, Mallow-based charity Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland launched a social media campaign to locate the missing dog.
Clare county dog warden and ISPCA welfare officer Frankie Coote was also contacted and he alerted the public, gardai and local taxi and courier company drivers.
Mr Coote located Darcy on Saturday morning after gardai received a call from a resident who had seen a dog at the rear of a derelict house.