Greyhounds dumped on A43 believed to have been found
Authorities believe two greyhounds reportedly thrown from a van onto a busy Northamptonshire road have been reunited with their owner.
Police and council officials said the two greyhounds allegedly dumped on the A43 between Kettering and Broughton on 31 December were thought to have been picked up by another van.
The information is based on evidence provided by a greyhound charity.
Police said a van "pulled over and a man collected the dogs".
The statement, posted on the force's website, said: "A small white van with black writing on the side pulled over and a man collected the dogs.
"They believe it might have been a pest control van."
Chris Stopform, Environment Services Manager for Kettering Borough Council, agreed the case was nearing closure.
"Our dog warden will continue to keep an eye out but my gut feeling is that they are back with their owner," he said.
Police officers and dog wardens joined hundreds of local residents to search for the dogs, but no trace of them has been found.
A website that was set up to find the animals attracted more than 1,000 people.
Petrina Olderman, who helped run the site, said: "We have handed all of our information to Kettering Borough Council and we believe the dogs have been found - but despite attempts we can't arrange to meet the alleged owners."