Family’s plea to find ‘stolen’ spaniel as volunteers widen search

A family has issued an urgent plea as fears grow their lost dog may have been stolen.

Two-year-old cocker spaniel Lexi vanished from her home in Swadlincote on August 1.

Now, volunteers are widening the search to find the missing pooch, raising awareness in Coventry, Leicestershire and Derbyshire.

Lexi has been missing for two weeks, and owners are offering a reward for the return of their beloved pet.

Owner Nicky Busby said: “Lexi is a much loved and valued member of our family. At just two years old, she has been held in love, nurtured and trained by her owner.

“She was my daughters first dog, and she’s been completely and utterly loved.

Lexi’s family are desperate to find Lexi

“We are hoping and praying that she is returned to her family and offer a substantial reward for anyone who can help and enable this to happen.”

The family are being assisted by volunteer group Beauty’s Legacy, run by Lisa Dean, and Dog SOS Derbyshire.

Lisa and a team of experienced helpers have trawled the area for the missing spaniel, and have distributed posters to pubs to help raise awareness.

Lisa said: “Thousands of fliers and posters have been distributed across the country. Drones and ground searchers have trawled the area.

“We believe she may have either been stolen or picked up and kept and police are issuing a crime report. Enquiries are ongoing.

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“Lexi is a family member and is only two. Her family are absolutely devastated.

“We want to remind the public that failure to report a found dog is a criminal offence which may result in prosecution.”

Those who can help are asked to call 07740822095 or Leicestershire Police on 101.

You can view the original article (by CoventryLive) here.

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