A FAMILY’S desperate search for their missing dogs has gone viral.
Devastated Tina Lindley posted a picture of Tyler and Harley on a Facebook page – ‘Lost and Found Dogs Fylde and Preston Area’ – with an emotional appeal for help.
Friends and kindhearted animal lovers have shared the photograph more than 1,200 times, in the hope of reaching someone who may have seen the pair.
A week after the dogs disappeared, Tina now fears they have been stolen.
Tina, 37, of Collingwood Avenue, Layton, said: “I can’t thank everyone enough for sharing the picture. Tyler and Harley are not just pets to us, they are our family.
“It’s the not knowing that is killing us.
“We’re desperate to get them back and have done everything we can think of. I’ve called every vet in town, the dog wardens, kennels and the police, and put posters around the area.
“Hopefully someone will have seen them.”
Some potential sightings have been reported on the Facebook page which was set up as a forum for local pet owners to report dogs which have been lost or found.
Tina, her partner William Prescott, children Naythan, Bethany and MacKenzie Lindley, and many of their neighbours have been out searching for the pair.
Tyler is a five-year-old Staffordshire Bull Terrier, while Harley is a 19-month-old Staffordshire cross. Both are chipped and if found can be returned to their owners.
The dogs were let out into the backyard at the family’s home at 9.20pm on Friday, January 18, but had gone when Tina went to let them back in two minutes later.
The gate was open and neither dog was in sight.
Tina added: “It’s possible the gate could have been left open and they’ve escaped but we’re sure it was closed, which makes me worry someone has come in and taken them. Some people want Staffies as a status symbol or to fight, but Tyler’s no fighter and the thought of that terrifies me.
“I can only hope they’re safe and someone has taken them in because it’s so cold outside.”
A Blackpool Council spokesman said: “If anybody spots the dogs then they should call (01253) 477477 and our wardens will come and take them to a kennel where they can be reunited with their owner.”