Devastated family stage first live reconstruction of dog-napping in £4,000 campaign to find missing terrier Toby
A devastated family have filmed a reconstruction of the moment their pet was dog-napped in a bid to be reunited with their beloved border terrier.
Louise Marsh, 28 and husband Lesley launched a campaign to find their pet dog Toby after he was taken from near their home in Surrey a fortnight ago.
Three-year-old Toby has a special bond with the family’s three legged rescue dog, Peggy, and the couple’s six-month-old daughter, Pippa and they are desperate for his safe return.
Veterinary surgeon, Louise set up profiles for the campaign on Facebook, which has more than 1,400 likes, and Twitter, which has a whopping 1,500 followers already.
The social media campaign seems to have stuck a chord with the nation and celebrities such as Andy Murray, Will Young and Lorraine Kelly, who have all retweeted messages sent from the @FindTobyTerrier Twitter campaign.
The family have even took their campaign to the skies and flew a plane with a #findToby banner calling for his return.
But with no fresh leads on Toby’s whereabouts the Marsh family have now staged what is thought to be the UK’s first ever live reconstruction of the dog-napping in a bid to encourage people to come forward with more information about the abduction of their beloved border terrier, Toby.
Toby is believed to have escaped out the front door of his Woking home unnoticed on October 10. Soon after his escape he was found in a nearby street by a young neighbour who had set about knocking on doors to try and find his home.
But a passing driver stopped and allegedly promised the boy that he would take him to a vet to check his microchip. But Toby who was wearing a green suede collar with a silver buckle and is micro chipped, was never taken to a vet and has not been seen since.
The man who was driving with a young boy in the front seat, is said to be between 40 and 50 years old and is described as white with a bald or shaved head.
Animal Search UK is now helping the Marsh family, who have spent more than £4,000 on the campaign, in the hunt for the missing terrier by distributing leaflets and posters in the local area.
Their methods have even included hiring a plane to fly over their home with a message calling for his return.
Louise said: “I was just very angry and upset when I found out Toby had been taken.
“He may not be my child, but he’s close to it – he’s part of the family.
“Despite the campaign, there’s only so much I can do, I feel very helpless.
“Peggy has been pinning for Toby all the time, she’s not in the best state.
“Every time a dog barks she thinks it’s Toby.
“All we can do is keep the campaign alive on social media, we’ve done everything else in our power.
“I’m not giving up hope yet, we just need him to turn up at a vets where he can be micro chipped.”
Tom Watkins, founder of Animal Search UK, said: “The lengths Toby’s family have gone to in order to locate their beloved pet are unprecedented.
“I’ve heard of large poster and leaflet campaigns, we’ve undertaken door to door enquiries for a couple of days in other investigations, but hiring a plane is reaching to new heights in the ‘raising awareness stakes’.
“I honestly feel that if this doesn’t work nothing will.”