A DISTRAUGHT pet owner is losing hope of finding his lost dog alive after it went missing down a rabbit hole.
Joe Hepworth, 63, appeared in the Hartlepool Mail last week appealing for information regarding the whereabouts of his 18-month old Patterdale Terrier, Digger.
Digger ran off during a walk near the stables at Crimdon Dene on Monday, February 14, around 2.30pm and went missing down a rabbit hole.
Desperate Joe, a former miner from Cotsford Lane, in Horden, had put up a reward for information leading to her whereabouts.
He visited the site each day to see if there was any sign she had made it out and even rang the fire service, which despite using thermal imaging cameras could not see Digger.
The father-of-two and grandfather-of-three said since last week’s article, he had received two calls.
One was from a boy who said he saw a dog running about at Seaton Carew and another from a woman who said she saw a dog without a collar.
But Joe, who said his grandsons Alfie Robinson, five, and Callum Robinson, seven, were particularly missing Digger, added that nothing came of the calls.
He said: “If she has got out somebody must have her. If not she must have died.
“If that is the case I will be devastated, but I’m still hoping to get a phone call to say she’s okay.”
Digger is a black, long-haired variety with a short tail.
Anyone who knows Digger’s whereabouts can call Joe on (0191) 5869417 or 07515487035.