A distraught dog owner is pleading for the public’s help to find her missing pet.
Sheila Power has been left heartbroken after her two-year-old dog called Spot disappeared after running off as she dealt with a warring couple.
She had been out walking the Jack Russell on fields at the Headland on Tuesday, at around 5pm, when she came across the pair arguing.
She says as she stepped in to help calm the couple down, Spot ran off.
“I saw the couple and I let go of the lead, I just thought he would still be there after I dealt with them.
“But once they were calmed down, I turned round and he had gone.”
“It’s the not knowing what’s happened to him which is really upsetting me.”Sheila Power
Shiela says she has been our scouring the area to find Spot but she has so far had no success.
She also fears that he may have been taken from the area.
“I’ve been out searching for him, I’ve contacted the police and dog catchers – everyone I can think of– to let them know but I’ve heard nothing from anyone,” she told the Mail.
“Spot is really well-known in the area.
“He has gone missing in the past but someone has always found him and brought him home.
“In my heart, I keep thinking someone has picked him up, or he could still be out there.”
Mrs Power, from Baptist Street, in Hartlepool, has owned Spot since he was a puppy and says he is a lovely dog with a lovely personality.
She added: “There are a lot more people – especially young people – using the Headland since this Pokemon game came out, so there are a lot of strangers who may have come across him and taken him home with them.
“It’s the not knowing what’s happened to him, which is really upsetting me.
“He’s been missing for four nights now and I’m just distraught with the whole thing.
“I just want him home.”
Spot is described as white with dark brown/black patches on his body.
The Pokemon Go game uses a mobile device’s GPS capability to locate, capture, battle, and train virtual creatures, called Pokémon.
The characters appear on the screen as if they were in the same real-world location as the player.
Mrs Power says the game has led to more people than usual heading out onto the Headland.
If anyone sees Spot or knows of his whereabouts, contact Mrs Power on 07980 772 827.