THE owner of a missing dog described as a ‘real Scooby Doo’ is putting up her £5,000 life savings to be reunited with the pet she had to give up after moving to Dubai.
Debbie Lawson gave up Rhodesian ridgeback Kito six years ago when she moved to the Middle East country but visited the nine-year-old dog twice a year.
He went to live with Sian and David Frogatt at their farm near Abbots Bromley where became a beloved member of the family before disappearing last August.
The family and Ms Lawson have hired pet detectives, made house-to-house inquiries and launched a poster and leaflet campaign in the months since to try and find Kito but fear he may have been stolen.
Mrs Froggatt, told the Advertiser Kito was always at her side at the family home in Blithbury and said the dog was ‘irreplaceable’.
She said: “I was in absolute floods of tears when he went. He was a real Scooby Doo. I swear blind that every characteristic of Scooby Doo was Kito.
There was a side to him that was so fantastic.
“He was a real character and so intelligent but we also knew that everybody was safe with Kito about.
“Kito was such a big part of Debbie’s life. Two or three years ago she had a dream that he was not well and when she woke up she couldn’t get hold of us so she actually flew over from Dubai to check he was OK.
“When we told Debbie she was in bits.
It is her generosity that has made the reward.” It was on Saturday, August 7 last year when Mrs Frogatt came back from shopping and found Kito was missing.
“I was not too worried as he often did his own thing but then he was missing overnight”, Mrs Frogatt said.
“We immediately then began to look and then rang the council, the police and all the dog kennels, as well as all our neighbours.
“We went everywhere looking ditches, ridges, sheds, barns. I guess the general consensus was that he must have been taken and it was a worry for us that he may have been taken for use in fighting.
“He was an old dog and had been castrated so was no good for breeding purposes.
“A couple of weeks before he went he had gone missing and come back the following morning.
“It was odd as he had never done anything like that. Looking back we wonder if someone had tried to entice him then.”
Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Kito is asked to telephone 0800 432 0340.