Missing Jack ~ May 2017, Cambridgeshire
As startling figures show that 16% of stolen dogs go missing whilst on a routine walk, this week we want to share Jack’s story with you.
Jack, a young 20-month-old female Kelpie was out for a walk with her mum Iva and the family’s other dog on the evening of 1st May 2017. As their other dog is reactive around dogs, they only walked late evening and regularly walked fields a couple of miles south of Ely, Cambridgeshire. So there was nothing unusual about, what would be, their final walk together.
Both dogs loved the space to be safe and off lead together and had reasonable recall.
Searching for Jack
Iva says, “Even if they didn’t come running back immediately when I called, they would always come back but sadly, on this walk our male dog came back alone”.
“I spent hours that night searching for her, whistling and squeaking a ball but it was like she had literally vanished off the face of the earth. I didn’t want to move too far from the spot she was last seen though, just in case she came back.”
“The area is well used with dog walkers so as the next day came, I fully expected to get a call to say “we’ve just found your dog” as Jack is insanely friendly and would sidle up to anyone, but that call never came.”
“In hindsight, it’s very likely that Jack encountered muntjac and chased them as I did hear ducks and geese in the distance causing a commotion. While muntjacs can be territorial and can hurt or kill small dogs, we never found any sign of Jack injured or worse.”
Possible Sightings of Missing Jack
“A week after she went missing, I got a phone call that a similar looking dog had been seen jumping in the wheat fields near to where she went missing. Then other sightings came too, and in August 2017, after a sighting, I spent a few nights in the area she had been sighted in, and heard her collar tag jingle, as she ran past at 3:30 am. So, I firmly believe that she was at least alive back in August 2017.”
Iva put posters up and pushed leaflets through doors in almost every house in the area, put out trail cameras and laid stink trails where she had been spotted. She left her worn clothes lying in front of the cameras, moved the cameras around after sightings, and eventually got a thermal scope, but she still hasn’t had any luck in spotting her, or finding where her den is.
To view a map of potential sightings of Jack ~ click here and then click ‘Potential Sightings’ on the left hand side.
Our Life Is On Hold
Because of the time and money spent looking for Jack, their lives have mostly been on hold since she went missing.
Jack is microchipped and was wearing a red leather collar and a tag when she went missing.
“At the time she went missing she was a young and perfectly fit dog, with a really confident, loving, friendly, if a bit cheeky personality. She was just coming out of her “terrible teens” and turning into an excellent dog”
Appealing To The Public
Until there is any reason to confirm otherwise, it is now thought that Jack may have been found by someone with good intentions, thinking she was a stray, given she may have looked significantly different after fending for herself, and taken her in to look after.
If this is the case, then the family know that they may now be very attached to Jack but they need to know she’s okay and they need to know she is alive. Like in many of the cases we feature, the “not knowing” is significantly worse than knowing that something bad happened – at least that way families get closure.
Iva also wants to mention that, if something bad did happen to Jack and someone knows she’s no longer alive to please let her know.
Jack’s DogLost Profile
If anyone has any information on Jack, then please call DogLost on 0844 800 3220 quoting dog ID 114568
Jack’s DogLost Profile ~ click here
Jack’s Facebook Page ~ click here
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Thank you to Rachel at The PawPost for connecting me with DogLost, so that I can help in the search for missing/stolen dogs.
Read about other DogLost Appeals here:
- Stolen Rio, English Pointer ~ March 2018
- Stolen Obie, Weimaraner ~ December 2018
- Stolen Ellie, Cocker Spaniel ~ October 2018
- Stolen Robin, Portuguese Podengo ~ October 2018
- Stolen Ruby, Saluki/Whippet Cross ~ May 2018