A desperate plea for help has gone out from the wife of the High Sheriff of West Sussex after her pet West Highland terrier dog - known as Annie - went missing from their home.
Maggie Burgess says she is bereft after two-year-old Annie disappeared from the garden of their home near Chichester on the night of July 20.
“My little Westie is quite small - 6.5kgs - and is probably her own worst enemy,” said Maggie, “she has insatiable curiosity and is very, very friendly.”
Annie - who has been chipped and neutered - was a birthday present to Maggie in April.”She literally just disappeared overnight from our garden where she has happily lived for the last four months,” said Maggie, who fears that Annie could have been stolen.
“There are three aspects to this,” she said. “The terrible sense of loss and not knowing if your dog is dead, is being abused, or hopefully, is being well looked after.
“The fury and disappointment that a fellow human being would steal your dog ... We do not know for certain that she was stolen.
“The third is the incredible empathy and support that exists to help reunite owners and their dogs. I was advised by the dog warden Viviane Magrath at Chichester District Council - who has been amazing - to register on Dogs Lost.”
She said she had received a lot of other helpful advice from experts. “People tell you amazing stories of their pets returning, or being returned, after months and weeks ... These stories are so encouraging. Everyone is praying to St Anthony and St Jude.”
Maggie got Annie as a birthday present through the Westie club after travelling to Devon to collect her.Her previous owners were unable to keep her. “She has been with us for only four months but we feel like she has always been with us and she and our Labrador became fast friends.”
Maggie says that Annie has defining marks on her tail, has a lot of grey in it and has a shaggy coat and a green collar.
If anyone sees Annie, or has any information on her, they are asked to contact 07831758306. Or email email@example.com