The poor dog who spent 18 hours stranded in the middle of a motorway

Yoda stranded in the middle of the M65
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A runaway dog has been reunited with his owner - after getting stranded in the middle of a motorway for more than 18 hours.

Yoda had escaped from his garden in Burnley after leaping over a gate. The year-old German Shepherd was later spotted on the central reservation of the M65 while traffic sped past the terrified pooch.

Police officers and the highways agency were even forced to close the road in both directions while owner Stephen Hunt, 44, tried to rescue his beloved pet. But after being missing for around 18 hours, he finally got home.

Owner Stephen said: "I couldn't believe it - the amount of people who cared has blown my mind. My friend rang 999 and I rang the highways agency - they had to shut all of the motorway."

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"A police officer stopped right by Yoda and he tried to get him, but he just ran off all down the central reservation."

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Police officers and the highways agency were even forced to close the road -Credit:No credit

Stephen says that when Yoda escaped from his home in Burnley, on Sunday (June 2), he immediately 'panicked' and 'didn't know what to do'. He posted that Yoda had gone missing on Facebook and was told by strangers that he had been spotted in the local area and then on the motorway.

Stephen's friend Steven Elmes then took his dog Xena near the motorway and he realised Yoda was in the middle of the central reservation. He said: "I panicked - I didn't know what to do. One of my friends has a dog called Xena and he said he would walk along the canal that goes along the motorway."

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Stephen Hunt with Yoda as a puppy -Credit:No credit

"Xena has taken him three bridges down on the motorway because she scented him out and then Steven also saw him on the central reservation."

Yoda is now back home and Stephen says that he's 'got a little more bounce about him' now he's recovered from what happened. He said: "His pads were really worn so I don't know how he managed to get so far down the motorway but I guess it's the fear."

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Yoda is now safely home -Credit:No credit

"He only went outside to do his business yesterday but he's got a bit more bounce about him today and I think he's healing up a little bit. He can't run or anything but he can walk without looking uncomfortable."

"When he got back, he hoovered down two bottles of water and three bowls of food."