Over 100 Islanders take part in search for dog

MORE than 100 Islanders have been helping to search for a dog that has been missing for more than a week, according to the owner, who says people have given ‘phenomenal’ support.

Ivy (26253710)
Ivy (26253710)

Ivy, an eight-year-old podenco mixed-breed rescue dog, was first reported missing on Saturday 26 October and was originally thought to have gone missing in the sand dunes in St Ouen’s Bay.

However, members of the search party now believe the dog may have managed to leave the dunes and could be hiding nearby.

Elle Rainbird-Scull (49), Ivy’s owner, is asking people to check their garages and outbuildings, in which the dog may be sheltering.

She said: ‘The help I have got from Islanders is phenomenal.

‘People who I don’t even know have come out to help and one of the nights there must have been at least 100 people searching the sand dunes for Ivy.

‘I have to stay positive and just hope we find her, as I can’t bear to think that she might not come back. I know people love their dogs, but I absolutely adore that dog.’

A new Facebook group called ‘Search for Ivy’ has been set up as a way for people to let the owner know of any suspected sightings of the missing dog.

J J Gallagher, who is leading the search party, reported earlier in the week that they may have found exit marks on the burrows, leading them to believe Ivy had escaped and was in the area.

Last December, Mr Gallagher, with the help of his dog Sammie, successfully led the search for a Jack Russell terrier which had gone missing and was later found stuck down a rabbit burrow in St Ouen.

To get involved with the search, Islanders can join the Facebook group ‘Search for Ivy’.

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