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Last Updated: Thursday April 13 2006 12:03 GMT

Missing dog is found under bonnet

Duke safely back with his owners
A Jack Russell that went missing from his front garden has turned up safe and well - under his owners' car bonnet.

For two weeks Tom Whitney feared the worst, thinking Duke had been dognapped after he vanished without a trace.

Mr Whitney drove for 500 miles around Kidderminster in search of his missing pooch, but finally discovered Duke when his clutch stopped working last Monday.

A quick check revealed the hungry dog had been trapped under the bonnet, and had chewed through the clutch cable.

Although munching on the cable may not have stopped Duke feeling hungry, the action probably saved his life.

Mr Whitney said: "As I lifted the bonnet up so the little dog came up onto the engine just like the Phoenix coming out of the fire."

Apart from being hungry and thirsty Duke was declared fit and well.

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