A DISTRAUGHT family are appealing for help to track down a missing dog they fear has been stolen.
Coco, a 17-week-old Yorkshire terrier, has not been seen since running away from her home in Blyth’s Chestnut Avenue at around 10.45am on Wednesday last week.
The pup’s owner Leanne Weatherstone, was busy decorating a passageway when the dog escaped from her back garden through a small gap under a fence.
Leanne, a full-time mum to Kody, four, and one-year-old Phinn, said the pup had been playing with her other Yorkshire terrier, Charlie, beforehand.
Charlie is now distressed because he is missing his former companion, said the 27-year-old.
“I am absolutely devastated and so are the kids,” Leanne said.
“They keep shouting for Coco all the time. She is a real family dog.
“Our other dog Charlie is sitting at the back door all the time waiting for her.”
With the help of her neighbours, Leanne has put up posters around nearby streets and posted an appeal on Facebook.
She has also contacted dog wardens and shelters but to no avail.
Leanne said that though Coco could just be lost or possibly trapped somewhere, she is not ruling out the possibility that the pup has been stolen.
“Someone out there must know something,” she said.
“She is just really small and cute, and she is worth some money. If someone had picked her up, they could have sold her.
“We just want her back home and safe.
“She is on medication for her eyes and ears because she is only a baby.”
Leanne is offering a £100 reward for information leading to the safe return of Coco.
Anyone with information on the pup’s whereabouts can call Leanne on 07783 644287.