Dog owner offers £ 10,000 reward 11 months after animal went missing in Peak District
A woman has offered a £ 10,000 reward for the safe return of her dog – after he went missing while hiking in the Peak District last December.
Angela Casaley was walking the Cocker Spaniel Enzo near the Valehouse Reservoir when it went missing.
Angela, from Cheshire, had stopped to climb a wall with two young family members when she turned around and 20-month-old Enzo was missing, DerbyshireLive reports. She thinks it was stolen.
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She said: “We were literally just a few feet away and he was running towards us. We turned around and he had just left, completely gone.
“Obviously there had been a great search, but no one had seen him. Someone might have seen him 10 minutes after he disappeared, but they don’t know if it was him or not.
“We really don’t know what happened, we haven’t seen him since. We searched there, we still go there almost every day, but I don’t think he’s there.”
Angela, who is in her 60s, said mountain rescue teams used drones to try and locate Enzo, but to no avail.
Meanwhile, a Facebook group called Find Enzo has over 500 followers, and one of Angela’s own posts has been shared over 31,000 times.
Angela’s other dog, Jess, a 12-year-old Springer Spaniel, has been visibly restless and upset since Enzo’s disappearance, leaving the whole family wanting him to return unharmed.
Angela said: “He was lovely. He was so friendly, wonderful with the dogs, absolutely fantastic with the kids, he was just way too friendly so it would have been pretty easy to pick him up.
“It would have been easy enough for someone to take him, because he would go. If someone gave him a treat or stroked him, he would do as he was told and just go.
“He was such a lovely dog, so sweet. Jess really misses him, terribly, I know that. She’s old, so I hope we find him while we still have her, because she always looks after him afterwards. 11 months She took him under her wing when we got him.
“It’s terrible. It’s absolutely terrible. You can’t do without it at all because we don’t know what happened to him, we don’t know where he is.
“Is he still alive? Who got him? How is he kept? It’s like losing a child, it’s terrible. It had a huge effect.
“Maybe someone took him to the vet. If it was Enzo who was found 10 minutes after he disappeared, then someone obviously took him home.”
Enzo, who is microchipped, is now part of an ad campaign for missing dogs alongside sprocker, Blue, who went missing near Pic Tor in Matlock in June.
The campaign is led by the volunteer organization Dog Lost and raw food company The Farmer’s Dog, which now attach posters of missing dogs to all of their online deliveries.
It comes as dog ownership increased rapidly during the pandemic, with around two million four-legged friends purchased in the first six months of lockdown.
But it has also led to an increase in thefts, with Dog Lost reporting 465 thefts in 2020 and 254 in 2021 as of October 20.
They recommend microchipping your dog, privatizing social media accounts so thieves can’t see your dog, being wary of strangers and leaving dogs off leash, making sure your yard is secure with alarms or cameras if necessary and consider insurance policies that cover missing animals.
While there is no general law requiring dogs to be kept on a leash, there are several ordinances that require them to be used in certain public spaces, such as children’s play areas, roads and beaches. . Those who do not comply can be fined up to £ 1,000.
Angela has now begged anyone who could have bought Enzo in good faith to return him to his family.
She said: “If you have bought a dog or received a bona fide dog that looks like Enzo, please get it scanned, take him to a vet and have him scanned in case it is him.
“If you know it’s Enzo, but you’ve become attached to the dog, please, we have become attached to him as well. There is a big reward, so you can have another dog, but we want to get our Enzo back.
“Please don’t be afraid.
“You can do it anonymously, you can take him to a police station and say you found him.
“No questions will be asked. Anyone who knows where he is, and you want to let us know, there is still a big reward, if you call my number I can promise you there will be no repercussions. .
“We just want him to come home.”
Anyone with information about Enzo should contact Derbyshire Police citing crime number 20000674784.
You can also contact Angela on 07940 872776.
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