A desperate family on holiday have refused to leave until their beloved dog Spillo is found following an “out of character” disappearance.
The 15-year-old pooch vanished on July 28, while the Bierer-Nielsen family holidayed in a cottage near Midhurst, West Sussex.
The heartbroken family put all their efforts into finding their black and white fluffy companion, even rallying in locals and a pet detective to support them in their search.
One of the family members, Laura, 23, said: “We have searched day and night since the 28th, with professional thermal camera equipment, four sets of professional sniffer dogs, drones, search teams every day, a professional pet detective and over 350 posters around the area.
“We’ve also put adverts on Facebook across the whole of Sussex, reaching over 80,000 people, featured on all local Facebook groups, done local leafleting, had volunteers on horseback searching, and volunteers leafleting at local events.
“This is massively out of character for Spillo, he has never wandered off like this, he has bad arthritis in his back legs and muscle wastage because of old age, so can't walk far at all.
"His normal lengths of walk are about 100metres.”
Laura said the family, who are based in Wandsworth, London, first met Spillo when he was an eight-week-old puppy who was forced to live in a barrel in southern Italy.
She added: “Every year we had him with us for a month in the summer, taking him out of the cage he lived in. We asked the owners every year if we could take him to London and have him permanently as our pet, but were consistently refused.
“Finally, after 9.5 years, his owners were persuaded that we should have him, and he flew to London and has been living with us ever since."
Laura said the families’ entire lives revolve around Spillo, and they have even renovated their home for his comfort, turning the garden steps into a ramp and adding ramps in other areas of the house to provide him with easier access.
She continued: “Our family friends have been invested in his life for years, from knowing him in a cage and his journey to London and a happy life. His disappearance has ripped our family apart, we are broken-hearted.
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“We have put our lives on hold and essentially relocated to the area to be close until we find him. We will not give up.
“Although we did not know anybody in the local area, since he has gone missing we have been astounded at the levels of kindness and generosity from the local people. We are contacted constantly from kind people offering to help, volunteer, or go out walking to continue the search.”
The family are also offering a substantial reward for anyone who has information regarding Spillo's whereabouts.
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