The month-long hunt continues for missing Labradoodle, Daisy, who went missing while on a in mid-November.

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The owner of a dog who has been missing for more than a month has been staking out Budleigh Salterton in the hope of a glimpse of her much-loved pet.

Black Labradoodle Daisy, who went missing in mid-November while on a walk, had been seen spotted in and around the Budleigh Salterton area but several attempts to catch the dog have failed.

Although Daisy’s owner, Ali Colledge, from East Budleigh, is heartened at reports the dog has been seen in Budleigh again, after a week of non-sightings, the pet’s whereabouts remains a mystery.

Family friend Jennie Marshall said: “This week we had a sighting of Daisy in Moor Lane. She was seen wandering in the direction of Bedlands Lane but we don’t know where she went after that.

“The charity Doglost alerted their volunteers and Team Daisy mobilised, spending all that afternoon and evening trawling the area.

“Sadly Daisy remains elusive. We have sat waiting in Moor Lane on consecutive days since the sighting, and continued to wander Budleigh’s streets searching at all times of day and night, but to no avail.

“But, we do believe she is spending a lot of time in this area as previous sightings on The Green and in Moor Lane and Moormead Flats seem to fit a pattern of morning activity.”

Daisy’s search team is asking Budleigh residents to check sheds, garages and outbuildings in the hope of discovering the dog’s lair.

Jennie said: “Speaking with dog behaviour experts it would seem likely Daisy has a regular dry place she feels is safe to hide in somewhere in the area of the sightings. It would be a really big help if residents in the area around The Green and into Little Knowle, especially along Moor Lane, could check their sheds again and any other possible hiding places Daisy may be using in their gardens.

“At the end of last week St. Peter’s school were asked to check their site and were only too happy to help.”

The dog’s family also wants to remind people of Daisy’s fear of people, which has increased since she has gone missing.

“When seen, Daisy looked extremely skinny,” said Jennie. “Ali and her children are growing increasingly anxious to find her as her physical wellbeing is a cause for extreme concern.

“With the current wet and windy weather, and how long Daisy has now been away from home, she will be very hungry and in great need of fuel to keep warm now her body fat has decreased so much.

“Of course, Daisy could also be on the move so please don’t restrict your searches to this one place in Budleigh.

“Please remember how scared Daisy is of people by now and that she will take a lot of gentle encouragement to come out of hiding or to approach a stranger.

“We are attempting to entice her out of hiding by taking smelly food around with us and it would be wonderful if any residents in our current target area are able to put food out in their gardens, in case Daisy is passing through. The powerful scent of hot food will of course travel through the air very well. We can only hope Daisy picks up the smell of a roast dinner cooking and feels strong enough to investigate.”

If you spot Daisy, call Ali on 07984428074 or 01395 443274, or Jennie on 01395 442445 or 07970444163.


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