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Coggeshall family’s desperate appeal for return of missing pet dog, Rudy

PUBLISHED: 10:34 17 June 2017 | UPDATED: 10:34 17 June 2017

Rudy, who went missing in the Rivenhall, Silver End and Witham area of Essex. Picture: SUPPLIED BY THE FAMILY

Rudy, who went missing in the Rivenhall, Silver End and Witham area of Essex. Picture: SUPPLIED BY THE FAMILY

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An Essex family left distraught after their beloved pet dog went missing in February have extended their search into the Suffolk in a desperate bid to see him returned home.

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On February 2, cross-breed German Shepherd dog Rudy, a tan-brown 12-year-old ex-street dog, jumped out of the back of a dog day care van still wearing his collar and lead and ran across fields in the Rivenhall, Silver End and Witham areas of Essex.

Over four months on from Rudy’s disappearance, local communities have stepped up their search by scaling the Essex and Suffolk countryside, as well as river and community areas to help find him.

Recent reported sightings have been in Earls Colne, Stradishall and between Hundon and Stoke-by-Clare.

With daily messages on Social Media groups, including Facebook and Twitter, distribution of flyers, putting up posters and road banners, family and friends are appealing for help from the public at large by extending their search through the local press.

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Owner Patrick Hambleton, from Coggeshall, said: “Rudy is an ex-street dog. We have had him for the past eight years since rescuing him from Poland.

“He is an amazing family pet and we are devastated that he has been gone for so long.

“We believe he is still out there as there have been some possible sightings in the local area.

“We have enlisted the help of a dog owner and her tracker dog and, just recently, we set up a funding page to help with the cost of cameras and night vision equipment to try and track Rudy’s movements.”

The team is now extending its search to other parts of Essex and the Home Counties. The owner and his family moved from Westcliff on Sea in South Essex just two weeks before Rudy went missing.

Patrick added: “Rudy is microchipped but the address listed is the previous one in Westcliff, and not the one in Coggeshall.

“We had every intention of changing the address relating to the microchip but with a big house move it didn’t happen soon enough. Rudy is always on a lead when we go out walking so we did not even think that something like this would happen.”

Patrick is now reaching out to anyone who may have seen or even may have been feeding a stray dog who matches Rudy’s description.

Anyone with information should call Patrick on 07795 380065, who stresses every message will be treated with a level of urgency.

You can also join the Facebook page Find Rudy to keep informed of any updates.

18 comments

  • Rudy needs to be home with his loving family,to spend the rest of his life with comfort,So many people sharing his life now and we need a happy ending,please keep looking everywhere you go x

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    Janice French

    Monday, June 19, 2017

  • Such a very sad story. Please can everyone in Essex,Suffolk and Herts keep looking out for Rudy? If you have any information please don't hesitate to call his owner Patrick 07795 380065. Lets get him back home where he belongs.

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    Nicoleclark

    Monday, June 19, 2017

  • Please everyone keep a look out for this gorgeous dog that has been missing for such a long time now. I can't even begin to imagine what his owners are going through. Please help find him, he needs to be back home with his family Xx

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    Louise Smith

    Monday, June 19, 2017

  • please keep a lookout rudy needs to be found

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    Karen Smallwood

    Monday, June 19, 2017

  • please keep a lookout rudy needs to be found

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    Karen Smallwood

    Monday, June 19, 2017

  • please keep a lookout rudy needs to be found

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    Karen Smallwood

    Monday, June 19, 2017

  • please keep a lookout rudy needs to be found

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    Karen Smallwood

    Monday, June 19, 2017

  • So many people have been looking for Rudy, please keep an eye out on your travels and share this story with friends and family too.

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    Maccysmummy

    Sunday, June 18, 2017

  • This is such a heartbreaking sorry. So many people have been looking for Rudy for over 4 months. We need as many people as possible to be aware of this story and help bring Rudy home to his loving family.

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    Suesowerby

    Sunday, June 18, 2017

  • shared with everyone I know, this sweet dog needs to be home with his family xx

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    Nicola Copsey

    Sunday, June 18, 2017

  • Such a sad story ,I will share this with all my friends and family and hope lots of people will do the same . It would be amazing to get this poor little dog home to his loving family .

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    Sandra Copsey

    Sunday, June 18, 2017

  • Please share Rudy's story far and wide. There is a huge community desperate to get this boy home to his family. I think of him every day and cannot rest until he is reunited safe and sound where he belongs!

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    Fi_hewitt

    Sunday, June 18, 2017

  • We will never give up on Rudy he's missed by all of us bless him. Please everyone keep a look out however big or small the info is please call Patrick 07795 380065 x

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    Vicky-

    Sunday, June 18, 2017

  • As a family, we look for Rudy everywhere we go and do our best to spread Rudy's story. We are doing everything we can to reunite Patrick and Amy with their furry family member. Please share his story

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    Cassie Croton

    Sunday, June 18, 2017

  • Iv been looking from day 1seen rudy a few times he lovely we want him home safe with his family I'm here till we find a him x

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    Tania Pearce

    Sunday, June 18, 2017

  • Looking all the time for our furry friend, hoping Rudy's story reaches people far and wide. We need this boy home back with his family.

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    Clare_D

    Sunday, June 18, 2017

  • Still think of Rudy everyday and always looking for him wherever I go.xx

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    Annmarie_

    Sunday, June 18, 2017

  • Really hope this much loved dog is soon safely home with his family. I'm keeping my eyes peeled.

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    KateC

    Sunday, June 18, 2017

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