Then out of the blue after two months, she got a call from Newark and Sherwood District Council to say their wardens had found him cowering under bushes at a Waitrose car park in Newark, Nottinghamshire.
Casey’s weight had dropped from 27 kilos to 15.9 kilos and his fur was matted.
“I just burst into tears. I can’t describe it. When your dog’s been missing for two months you just don’t believe you’re going to see him again,” his owner said.
“He was sitting in the corner and me and my partner walked in and I said ‘Casey’ and his little tail started to wag.
“Then we walked into the pen and he absolutely went ballistic.
“He howled, he cried, he jumped all over.”
Warden Alan Batty said the service was able to reunite Casey with his owner thanks to its microchip.
He said: “It wasn’t until we checked him for a microchip and contacted his owner that we realised how lucky the dog was, as he was registered to an address in Skegness.
“We do not know how he ended up in Newark, but we had one relieved and emotional owner who couldn’t wait to collect him from us.
“It was a very emotional reunion for dog and owners when they went into his kennel.”