Owner fears missing dog has been stolen

Have you seen cocker spaniel Mitch?
Have you seen cocker spaniel Mitch?

A distraught dog owner has spoken of his devastation after his much-loved cocker spaniel went missing – and he believes the pooch has been stolen.

The resident, who lives in the Amble area but did not want to be named, admits that he is desperate for two-year-old Mitch to come home.

The dog has been missing since late morning on Monday, January 18, when he, along with a Labrador also belonging to the owner, made off into woods in Acklington Road, Acklington, while out on a walk.

However, the Labrador was found two days later, wandering around at the entrance of HMP Northumberland, in Acklington. But there was no sign of Mitch.

The owner said: “Both dogs went missing on the Monday and I was looking for them all day.

“The Labrador was returned in suspicious circumstances. Despite the fact that it had been missing for two days, the dog was found bone dry and was not hungry.

“For me, it seems that the dog has been looked after, short-term, but then returned. However, there is no sign of Mitch.

“I have had him since he was a puppy and he is very, very distinctive. He has very unusual markings and I fear that he has been stolen.

“I am a dog lover and I just want Mitch back. It hasn’t sunk in yet that he hasn’t returned.”

The incident has been reported to the police and officers are appealing for information. Inquiries are ongoing and anyone with information is asked to contact police by calling 101 and quoting the reference number 0747 20/01/16.