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Heartbroken family calls in the pet detectives
Maddy Wright, aged 12, with the poster that is being put up around the area of Tibberton, near Worcester, as the family waits to hear news of their beloved pet.
A FAMILY has called in a professional search and rescue team to help find its missing cat.
Sarah Wright, of Tibberton, near Worcester, turned to Animal Search UK after nine-year-old Rupert, a grey tabby with a weepy eye, failed to return home last Saturday morning.
“He likes to go out at night, but on Saturday he didn’t come back,” said Mrs Wright, a specialist occupational health nurse.
“We have searched all over the village and put up posters but there is no sign of him. We are desperate for Rupert to return because he is our only pet and it has left a real hole in our lives.
“After trying everything I could, I decided to look on the internet for anyone who could help.”
Now Animal Search, a team of pet detectives led by former police officer Tom Watkins, who has more than 18 years’ investigation experience, is on the case.
Its experts come fully equipped with walkie-talkies, rescue traps, torches and police-style patrol vehicles to help with their hunt for the much-loved pet.
Mr Watkins said: “Most missing pets are found within a few miles of home, so the challenge faced by owners is making sure that as many people as possible know that their pet has gone missing, and encouraging them to be vigilant in keeping an eye out for them.
“Unfortunately, work and family commitments often mean that owners don’t have as much time as they’d like to devote scouring the area looking for their missing pet, and this is one of the ways in which we can help.
“Rupert has a weepy eye so it is possible that he has been taken in by a local resident who felt sorry for him, not realising that he has a loving family who are eagerly awaiting his return.”
Anyone with news or information can call the free confidential helpline on 0800 4320340 and quote case reference 50024. Lines are open 24 hours a day and callers can remain anonymous if they prefer.
Alternatively, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.