Desperate search still on for lost Leeds dog which cannot bark

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A desperate search is still underway to find a Leeds family’s dog – which cannot bark – almost two months after it disappeared during a walk.

Nigel Plows lost his “best mate” Bobbie, a 14-year-old male Cocker Spaniel, near to old Kippax railway lines on Wednesday, April 26.

The family, with the help of West Yorkshire charity Murphy’s Army, are still trying to find the beloved pet which is unable to bark because of recent throat surgery.

Even a thermal drone has been used in an attempt and trace Bobbie, who the family has owned since he was 12 weeks old.

During his regular walk at the The Lines Way beauty spot, which connects Garforth, Kippax and Castleford, Bobbie had stopped to sniff the grass and got lost among the pathways.

Father-of-two Mr Plows, 55, said: “When we got to the crossing, he had gone. Just gone.

He added: “It was pure panic. I didn’t have my mobile phone on me so I couldn’t ring anybody.

“I didn’t know whether to run left, I didn’t know whether to run right.

“I had to just run back home as fast as I could.”

Mr Plows’ wife Teresa and daughter Toni, 18, then searched until around 4am in the morning to no avail.

He said: “I’ve had quite a bit of stress. I’ve been pretty grumpy, losing my best mate.

“It’s affected us because we just all want him back.”

After surgery to hi larynx, Bobbie could not bark if he got stuck somewhere after going missing. He was wearing a red harness at the time he was lost, has a greying face and lump on the back of his leg.

The family, of Green Avenue in Kippax, are hoping that someone has taken Bobbie in not realising he belongs elsewhere and may not have seen their social media pleas.

Murphy’s Army, a Bradford charity of around 14 volunteers, has been helping the family search for him. But even a £900 session with a thermal drone did not manage to trace the pet.

Volunteer Alison Bell, 50, said: “It’s devastating. For a lot of owners it’s the not knowing what’s happened to them.”

Anyone with information can contact the charity, named after a stolen Siberian Huskie which was found following a two-month search, on Facebook. Alternatively, call 07753928779.