Exmouth rallies to find Milly
can you help with the hunt for Milly? She ran away in August from a holiday park in Exmouth and her owners are keen to get her back.
A pet dog which escaped in Exmouth while holidaying with its owners is continuing to give rescue attempts the slip.
Crossbreed Milly has been on the run since August after escaping from her family’s caravan at Devon Cliffs Holiday Park.
The three-year-old dog has so far avoided capture, despite scores of local pet lovers attempting to coax her with treats.
The timid dog will accept food, but bolts as soon as any attempt is made to grab her.
She was caught once, but managed to escape again.
Dog lover Siobhan Learmonth, from Exmouth, has grown so concerned for Milly’s welfare - with the onset of winter - she set up a Facebook group Find Milly, which has attracted more than 100 members who have joined the search.
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She has also set food traps to capture Milly, which have so far proved unsuccessful.
Milly’s owner, Jason Pajayon, 29, from Birmingham, said his RSPCA-rescued dog escaped from the caravan while the family was swimming.
He said his children, aged nine and 11, were heartbroken at the loss of their pet.
He said the family reluctantly returned home without Milly.
The dad-of-two said he had made several return trips to Exmouth since to join the search for his dog.
He thanked all those who were continuing to hunt for Milly in his absence.
Mr Pajayon said: “My children cry when they see me looking at the photos of her on the computer.
“We left her in the caravan. When we came back, the caravan door was door and she was not there any more. I don’t know how she managed to open the door. We didn’t see her again.”
RSPCA spokewoman Jo Barr said the charity could help with the search if Milly’s owners got in touch.
She said: “Situations like this can be extremely difficult as the animal is not contained in any way.
“We might be able to assist by setting a trap for the dog, although we would need to be fully briefed to know if that would be appropriate in this particular instance.”
Since Milly escaped, three months ago, she has been spotted sleeping rough in fields close to the holiday park.
She regularly returns to the site and has also been seen scavenging for food at Liverton Business Park and Dinan Way.
The dog narrowly missed being hit by cars on Higher Hulham Road.
She has also been seen at the World of Country Life, Exmouth’s cliff paths, Knowle Village, Woodbury Common, Salterton Road Tescos, the Nutwell Lodge, at Lympstone, Ting Tong at Budleigh Salterton and heading onto Woodbury Common in the Yettington direction.
Milly went missing on August 27 and is described as being micro-chipped, the size of a Labrador, brown and grey in colour, with long hair that is now tangled. She was wearing a pink collar.
A spokeswoman for Devon Cliffs Holiday Park said: “Our dog wardens are on hand to assist with lost dogs and we will do everything we can to help reunite the family with their pet.”