Desperate plea for missing dog

PUBLISHED: 10:15 18 August 2008 | UPDATED: 11:01 17 June 2010

A DESPERATE plea has been made by a visiting couple to Sidmouth after their dog went missing from cliffs last Friday. Janet and Andy Rooms, from Basingstoke, were walking their chocolate coloured Labrador, called Suzy, near the cliff edge at Weston Mouth

A DESPERATE plea has been made by a visiting couple to Sidmouth after their dog went missing from cliffs last Friday.

Janet and Andy Rooms, from Basingstoke, were walking their chocolate coloured Labrador, called Suzy, near the cliff edge at Weston Mouth near Beer when she suddenly disappeared into the undergrowth at about 2.45pm.

After a frantic search, the couple raised the alarm and Beer coastguards were called out to assist in the search.

After two hours of scouring the top of the cliffs, fading light and no sign of the dog meant the search had to be called off.

Mrs Rooms said: "We have been prowling from Sidmouth to Branscombe in the hope we will find her.

"We have put up notices everywhere and have stopped so many walkers to ask if they have seen Suzy."

Mr and Mrs Rooms hopes were disappointed yesterday morning after they received a call from someone who had heard a dog barking at 6.30am around the spot where Suzy disappeared.

The coastguard and Fire Brigade launched a second search and rescue, and a member of the urban search and rescue branch of the fire brigade abseiled down the cliff edge.

The second search lasted for over four hours but nothing was found to suggest Suzy was in the area.

Mr and Mrs Rooms were due to travel back home on Tuesday but decided to stay in Sidmouth for at least two more days in the hope that someone may be able to reunite them with Suzy.

They added: "She has a lovely temperament, is very good with children and other dogs and is obsessed with tennis balls.

"She's such a special dog and it would be absolutely fantastic to get her back. We just wouldn't believe how lucky that would be."

Suzy is seven years old, slim with a tattoo in her right ear, a very deep low bark and has a couple of missing bottom teeth.

She was wearing a red collar with a disc which states she is chipped.

Anyone with information can contact Mr and Mrs Rooms on 07900055979 or when they return to Basingstoke, 01256 850307.


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