Stolen Kemo ~ 8 February 2018, Bedford
Anyone with a dog will know the unconditional love they show, the comfort they give and the support they seem to provide when you really need them the most. They always offer a listening ear when you have something on your mind and they never judge you. So it’s no wonder owners across the UK see their dogs as members of the family, I know I certainly do!
One dog to show all the above and so much more is Kemo. Kemo is a white, male Staffordshire Bull Terrier and is a loving member of the Hall family.
Grab a tissue, sit down and read what happened to Kemo.
Kemo The Lifesaver
When asked to describe Kemo, Deb and Olly Hall gush “He is such a loving, friendly, playful dog. A true friend and a lifesaver”.
And the use of the word “lifesaver” isn’t a casually used term. Kemo is a cancer support dog and joined the Hall family in their darkest of days.
Deb recalls “Olly was diagnosed with Non Hodgkins Lymphoma and was told that he would need to go through six months of chemotherapy. Our world just crumbled. I couldn’t believe it. The day Olly started his treatment was a very dark time and we were in an equally dark place. After his second round of Chemo, Olly’s hair began to fall out and it was terribly emotional for us all but especially Olly.
One morning I received a call from a friend of mine who had an 11 week old Staffy that she was looking for a home for. I didn’t know anyone but I did wonder whether we would be the right home for the little man. After a lot of thought, I phoned her back and told her that we’d take him.
I didn’t tell Olly, I wanted to keep him as a surprise.”
The Day Kemo Came To Live With His Family
“The day I brought Kemo home, Olly was having a specifically bad day. He was sat in his chair, feeling very sick and extremely cold, all wrapped up in a blanket with a hot water bottle – trying to get some warmth. I walked in with this little bundle of love and joy, popped him on Olly’s knee and said to him “now you have to get better, you have to look after him.”
We named him Kemo after the medication that saved Olly’s life but it wasn’t just the medication, it was the hope, love and unconditional attention that Kemo gave Olly, that saved him.”
The Day Kemo Was Stolen
On 8 February 2018, when the family dared to hope the worst was behind them, someone stole Kemo, who was just over 2 years old and it plunged their lives back into darkness.
“Olly was out on the morning walk with Kemo, Barney and Charlie at Cotton End, Bedford. The usual walk was down a lane with fields on either side, woodland further up and the A6 road cuts across the field to the left.
Kemo saw a rabbit and chased after it but he never came back.
When I was told Kemo was missing I couldn’t believe it but I thought, “he’ll be somewhere, we’ll find him” but days and days of searching on foot, with the help of friends, strangers, gamekeepers and work colleagues, resulted in not one sighting of our boy.”
Searching For Kemo
“We sent up a drone a couple of times and brought in a tracker with no sightings at all. How does a dog, the size of Kemo, just disappear? If he’d been involved in an accident – either out in the field or on the road, someone would have reported it or, on one of our many searches, we would have found him.
We firmly believe that he was found by someone and they have kept him – which is classed as “theft by finding”.
Theft By Finding
This is a feeling shared by the family’s local police force too, as they issued Deb with a crime reference number when she called to register Kemo as missing.
“Kemo helped us through the most awful worrying time of our lives. He gave Olly something else to concentrate on, he was so loving and playful. He was a delight to see when we came home. We are absolutely heartbroken, we feel we have let him down when he did so much for us in our dark days. We will never give up looking for him.”
The family have turned to social media in the absence of any positive sightings and have a wonderfully supportive team of supporters that do their best to keep Kemo fresh in the mind of anyone who uses a social media platform.
Their hope is that one person that may know something, comes forward.
Stolen Kemo’s Distinctive Markings
Kemo has very distinctive markings on his tummy which would be difficult to disguise but, just in case these have been hidden in some way, he is also microchipped. The chip company have been alerted to the fact that he is now classed as stolen.
However, the microchip does rely on someone scanning him and checking the chip which is NOT done as a matter of course. This makes it even more important that the family keep Kemo’s story out in the public domain.
“He has been missing now for 15 months and the pain doesn’t go away. It’s a constant nightmare and heartache, we have good days and we have bad days. Every day we search dog websites, selling sites and rescue websites.
It’s absolutely soul-destroying.
We need him home.
We need someone to do the right thing and put us out of the agonising misery.”
On the day Kemo went missing, he was wearing a leather collar with the family name and telephone number on. As already stated he is microchipped and he is also neutered so he is no use for breeding. More importantly, he is loved and desperately missed.
The family have checked with the Highways Agency and they have received no reports of a dog-related incident in the days and weeks after his disappearance. As the local gamekeepers were aware of Kemo’s disappearance, and actually were very fond of him, the family believe someone would have found him and reported it, if an accident happened in those initial few days and weeks.
Stolen Kemo’s DogLost Profile
If anyone has any information relating to Kemo’s disappearance or knows where he is, please do contact DogLost on 0844 800 3220, quoting dog ID 125350.
Kemo’s DogLost Profile ~ https://doglost.co.uk/dog-blog.php?dogId=125350
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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.
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