Family’s heartache over ‘stolen’ pooch

Sally and Coun Graeme Cocker believe their dog Jasper (below) has been stolen.
Sally and Coun Graeme Cocker believe their dog Jasper (below) has been stolen.
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A heartbroken couple has today issued a desperate appeal for the safe return of their pedigree dog, which they fear has been stolen.

Fylde’s dog wardens say they are investigating the disappearance of the Tibetan terrier Jasper, who ran off following a walk in Staining and hasn’t been seen since.

Picture of missing dog Jasper (owned by Councillor Graeme Cocker and his wife Sally ).

Picture of missing dog Jasper (owned by Councillor Graeme Cocker and his wife Sally ).

His devastated owner, Sally Cocker, says she is convinced someone has seen the dog and has taken him.

She said: “He has vanished into thin air. We think he has been taken and we’re at our wit’s end. We’ve been to all the farms in the area calling his name, we’ve been on all the missing websites and put his details on them, there are posters up with his pictures on – we don’t know what to do next.”

Sally’s husband, Coun Graeme Cocker, was walking 14-year-old Jasper along Chain Lane on Tuesday afternoon, and was about to put the dog into the car when a jogger ran past, spooking the dog. He ran off into nearby fields and hasn’t responded to the couple’s calls.

The couple have called police and council dog wardens are now investigating.

Sally, who is retired, of Longhouse Lane, Poulton, said: “He’s a beautiful dog with long shaggy fur but he’s worth a lot of money because he’s a pedigree.

“He’s very mischievous, lovable, happy and just adorable. He means everything to us.

“He’s never run off before, that’s why we’re not able to understand what’s happened. That’s why we think he has been taken.

“It’s the not knowing that’s hurting us more than anything.”

A spokesman for Fylde Council, which runs the dog warden service for the area, said: “The warden’s have Jasper’s description and are keeping their eyes and ears out as they go about their duties.

“We have advised the family to check animal sanctuaries and local vets in case anyone has found him and brought him in.”

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