TWO precious Jack Russell terriers went missing on Monday and the owners of a husky-collie-cross fear their pet may have been stolen.
16-month-old Jess and Meg were enjoying a long walk at Clocaenog with their owners Gill and Charles Wheatley when they suddenly ran off.
Mrs Wheatley said the incident was doubly devastating because it had been her birthday.
“It’s really awful.
“I don’t know whether they’ve got the scent of a rabbit or something but they just streaked off.
“It’s the worst birthday I’ve ever had, we’ve hardly slept since.”
The couple have spent almost every minute since trying to track their beloved pets down by searching the area, putting up posters and contacting rescue centres and vets.
The dogs are microchipped and were wearing harnesses at the time so it will be obvious to the public they have owners looking for them.
“They’re brave little things and they won’t give up but they can run for miles if they want to,” Mrs Wheatley added.
“I just hope they haven’t fallen down something and hurt themselves.”
Anyone who can help can call the Wheatleys on 01824 705335.
In a separate incident the owners of an unusually coloured dog which went missing a month ago believe that it has been stolen.
John and Helen Lunt from Rhyl have searched high and low for Sonny, their tricolour husky-cross-collie, who ran off while out for a walk along the riverbank in St Asaph.
That was one of the routes often used by John to exercise two-and-a-half-year-old Sonny and their two German shepherds but on April 6 Sonny swam across the River Elwy and into a field in which there were sheep.
He did not respond to John’s calls and the search then began.
“We appreciate that farmers are entitled to shoot dogs which worry their sheep but we went to all the local farms just to find out what had happened to Sonny and no-one has seen him,” said Helen.
They have offered a reward of £50 for the dog’s return and put up dozens of posters in the areas in which they take their dogs around Rhyl, St Asaph, Prestatyn and Talacre. His details have also been placed on the website DogLost.
“He’s a lovely looking dog and stands like a husky, and he’s so friendly he would go up to anyone so he would be easy to steal,” said Helen.
“Apparently there’s a spate of husky thefts around the country and with not a single reported sighting we feel that he must have been stolen,” she said.
When he went missing Sonny, whose coat is largely black with white and brown patches, was wearing a blue harness and a gentle leader, a muzzle-type restraint to stop him pulling while on his lead.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Helen on 01745 342062 or 07894 651263.