THE search for a dog spotted wandering along a motorway has ended in tragedy.

An appeal was issued on Saturday after a Beagle dog was reportedly seen walking along the hard shoulder of the M62, at around 12pm that day.

The dog was spotted on the westbound carriageway, between junction 22 (Rishworth Moor) and junction 23 (Outlane Interchange).

The appeal was sent out on Twitter by The Yorkshire Pudd Blog, which describes itself as "The North's Biggest Food & Travel Blog" and has more than 21,000 followers.

It asked for anyone with dashcam footage who travelled on the motorway around that time to check their video and get in touch.



The post was retweeted 45 times and was eventually shared by PC Claire Gray - a Roads Policing Officer with West Yorkshire Police - later on Saturday.

She said: "Please, let’s help find Charlie."



But West Yorkshire Police's Roads Policing Unit (RPU) provided a sad update yesterday.

The team announced that Charlie had been found, but that the dog had been discovered dead.

The post said: "Sadly Charlie has been found and it’s the worst possible outcome.

"Thanks to everyone who shared.

"R.I.P. Charlie, run free little man."