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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.

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