Returned beagle Benny's owners plan party to thank volunteers who brought him home

The owners of a dog rescued after spending over a week lost have announced they're planning a BBQ to thank searchers for their help.

Benny the beagle went missing on April 6 when he took off while out on a walk with the dog walker.

Searchers came from all over to look for the missing canine, with his owners employing the use of a helicopter, thermal imaging and Benny's beagle buddy Spike.

"She's been pretty tough. A lot of tears," Benny's owner Matt Newman-Hall told Newshub at the time.

"The house definitely isn't the same at the moment."

He was eventually found on April 15 with his leash stuck to a log next to a ravine. His rescuers, Alicia and Justin, went to great lengths - even climbing up a waterfall to find him.

Benny lost three kilograms in the ordeal but his owners say he's now back to his old self and ready to celebrate with all the people who helped find him.

His owners have set up an event for May 6 at Harcourt Park called 'Benny's Thank-You  BBQ' where volunteers are invited to come and meet Benny in the flesh.

Returned beagle Benny's owners plan party to thank volunteers who brought him home
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"We have been completely blown away by the amount of support and love we received both while Benny was lost and after we found him and hope to thank you all in person," the event description says.

Attendees are asked to avoid bringing treats for Benny due to his sensitive stomach and to be aware Benny and Spike may need to take breaks from meeting people if they get overwhelmed.

Newshub.