‘Death’ hoax calls on missing dogs

Nicola Mason and Richard Bayston,of South Hiendley, lost their two dogs Jess and Bramble last week
Nicola Mason and Richard Bayston,of South Hiendley, lost their two dogs Jess and Bramble last week

A COUPLE left frantic with worry when their two beloved dogs escaped from their home have received hoax calls claiming the pets had been found dead.

Patterdale Terriers Jess and Bramble have been lost from owners Nicola Mason and Richard Bayston’s South Hiendley home since last Monday.

The couple have since been frantically searching for their dogs, putting up hundreds of posters and even drafting in a sniffer dog to help but have yet to find them.

But the nightmare was made all the more hurtful when a man called Ms Mason on Thursday claiming he had found the dogs lying dead on a road near to Tesco in Hemsworth - a cruel hoax.

Miss Mason, 33, a vet, said: “One of our dogs is a real escape artist so we never let her out into the field at our house but a girl who works for us mistakenly let her out along with the other terrier.

“They were able to get out under a fence and it was two hours before we realised what had happened.

“We’ve but hundreds of posters up and been on the radio to appeal but heard nothing. Life for us both has stopped.

“When my phone rang and the man said ‘I’ve found your dogs’, my heart jumped.”

The man said both of the dogs had been run over and agreed to meet Ms Mason.

She said: “When we got to the petrol station where he said the dogs had been found there was nothing there. It’s sick.”

The couple have been helped by missing dogs’ charity DogsLost, who on Tuesday brought a sniffer dog to the their home in an attempt to follow a trail from where the dogs escaped.

If you have seen the dogs, contact Ms Mason on 07779 357821 or Mr Bayston on 07887 843304.