Thursday, September 12, 2013
A missing puppy has been reunited with its owners after a massive search operation led by an England cricketer.
The Hall family, from Lympstone, were distraught when Mousse, a shih tzu-poodle cross, disappeared while being walked on Woodbury Common last Wednesday, writes Sean Keywood.
With their desperate searches proving fruitless, the family took to social networks to spread the word – where 21-year-old Phoebe Hall’s pleas for help were spotted by family friend and England fast bowler Steven Finn, who passed on the appeal to his 190,000 Twitter followers.
With his appeal being retweeted by fellow England cricketer Graeme Swann, and football pundit Robbie Savage, millions were soon aware of the family’s search, and more and more people were turning up to help.
However, with still no sign of Mousse by the weekend, the family started to fear he had been stolen – until Phoebe made one last effort to find him.
She said: “On Sunday I got up and thought ‘I can’t just sit at home not doing anything’. So I went up to the common and went back to the same place.
“I fried some chicken and put it on some string and was just waving it around, and I found him!
“Steven Finn is a friend of the family and knows the dog, he loves it, so when he found out he started tweeting and got people to help.
“He’s just been such a help getting a wider response from people. We’ve had people turn up on the common who we’ve never met, but just said we heard your dog was missing and we’re here to look.
“We are so grateful. The amount of people going out of their way to look for him was just amazing.”
Phoebe says the family also had help from doglost.co.uk and animalsearchuk.com, and they will now be getting Mousse microchipped.