Northern Ireland

Appeal over missing paragliding dog

The owners of a paragliding dog have appealed for anyone who has seen him to get in touch.

The 10-year-old family pet, a collie cross-breed called Harry, was last seen at the family home in Garrymore, Craigavon, three weeks ago.

His owners Tony and Donna Conway have said they are starting to lose hope in him being found.

Mr Conway, an experienced paraglider, has taken Harry on trips over Northern Ireland in a special harness.

He straps the dog into his paraglider and takes him on tandem flights. He recently featured on the BBC going down Slieve Donard mountain in County Down.

It took about 20 minutes to glide the 2,700 feet from the top of the peak to the beach in Newcastle, County Down.

Mr Conway said the dog was once owned by his late father and he was heartbroken at the loss.

"It's not been like him to not come home and we've had a few reports of sightings, but they were other collies," he said.

"Maybe someone has found him and taken him in not realising that he was a pet, but I think that is probably unlikely because he is pretty well-known around here," he said.

The town's dog warden has been told that Harry is missing and he is also micro-chipped. When he was last seen he was wearing an orange collar with a green licence tag attached.

Mr Conway said that if anyone had seen Harry they could email him at conwaytony@hotmail.co.uk