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Reward offered for return of missing dog


A LOCAL family have been left devastated after their beloved dog which suffers from epilepsy disappeared, possibly stolen.

Winston a six-year-old tri-coloured collie belonging to the McElchar family, went missing from their home near Clady sometime between 10pm on Saturday, October 6 and 7am the following morning.

Rosemary Hastings a close friend of the family has issued a heartfelt public appeal and is offering a reward for anyone who may have information that would help reunite the collie with his owners.

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“I collected Winston from Monaghan Pound for the family back in 2013,” said Rosemary. 

“They are a wonderful people. In 2012 they helped me care for my granddad who was suffering from cancer and sadly passed away. They are devastated by Winston’s disappearance.

Rosemary says the family also fear the dog may have been stolen.

“The family believe he was stolen as his name tag was taken off his collar. He is microchipped with a southern Irish chip and the details are registered and up-to-date. We don’t know why he was taken as he is not a working dog and would be completely useless with livestock.”

To make matters worse, Winston suffers from epilepsy and requires constant medication. 

“Whoever took Winston will have no idea he is epileptic,” continued Rosemary. “The family also have another dog Oscar who has been pining for Winston since he went missing, it is just awful.”

The ‘Bring Winston Home’ Facebook page which has already reached almost 600 likes was set up by Rosemary to help the family and she is hoping the reward will encourage people to become proactive in the search for Winston.

“Everyone just wants Winston home,” she added. “If anyone has any information, they can contact me via the Facebook page at anytime and if you want to leave Winston back somewhere please contact me to arrange a pick up.

“All details will be kept completely confidential and people can remain anonymous if they wish. Thank you so much. Let’s bring Winston home.”

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