Quick Read: How Do Our Pets Disappear

Dog Lost UK - stolen missing pets

My article in the Withernsea &
District Community News
distributed to 9000 homes in East Yorkshire

Poppy’s Pets

Animals go missing because of different circumstances:

  • Tied up outside a shop
  • Left in a vehicle
  • Run off on a walk
  • Home burglary
  • Escaped from the home
  • Picked up by a kind soul and given a home

It’s easy to think it won’t happen to your pet. It can.

When dogs get lost in either urban or rural areas, whether they make it or not depends on factors like their size, health, age, where they are, what predators are around, the weather, and if they can find water and food.

When the administrator of Dog Lost North East Facebook for lost and found pets is away, I look after the group. The reasons pets disappear varies. It’s a huge relief when the pink Dog List profile page turns blue because it can mean the dog has safely returned home.

These dogs are missing in the UK:

1 – Luckie  – Escaped DFDS Ferry – 21.12.16

Cocker spaniel missing from DFS ferry North Sheilds - dog lost

Luckie is black and tan Cocker Spaniel who escaped from a DFDS Ferry kennel when docked at Tyne Port, North Shields. Footage shows him frantically running around the quay. Luckie is microchipped and wearing a collar with a tag. Dog Lost ID: 109302

2 – Puddin –  Female – Stolen from home – 10.02.22

Puddin was stolen from home by men

Caught on CCTV, three men stole Puddin from her home.  She is a red and white Bulldog, microchipped and from Royston, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S71.  Dog Lost ID: 173441

3 – Scuttle – Male – Lost on a walk – 12.01.22Scuttle was found in March 2022 – Rainbow Bridge


Scuttle is an older black Cocker Spaniel greying around the muzzle.  Missing in the woods towards Marske.

4 – Chenile – Female – Run out of the door – 23.01.22

Missing white puppy North East - dog lost

Chenile is a white Bischon Frise rescue puppy.  Lost from Elmfield Terrace (by a large park), Darlington, County Durham, DL1. The microchip is registered in Romania. Dog Lost ID: 173628

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5 – Lassie – Female – Taken with force – 28.07.20

Lassie dragged from garden at night North East - Dog Lost

Neighbours heard Lassie screaming as she was forcibly taken from her garden at 11.45 pm. This is an active North Yorkshire Police investigation. She is a chocolate Cocker Spaniel, microchipped, with a legally docked tail. Stolen from Allen Grove, Stokesley, TS9. Dog Lost ID: 158824

6 – Grace – Female – Looked after by a friend and not returned – 22.12.21

Border collie puppy may have been sold on - North East - dog lost

She is a young black and white border collie who may have been sold on. Grace is microchipped. Last seen Queensbury, West Yorkshire, BD13. Dog Lost ID: 173210

7- Ziggy – Cat – Male –  22.12.21


Ziggy is black and white, microchipped and a much-loved cat missing from Mixeden Road, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX2. Dog Lost ID: 172279

8 – Poppy – Female –  Lost North York Moors area – 25.02.22 

Disappeared North York Moors

She is a white crossbreed with a little black and has a docked tail.  Poppy is a French rescue dog. Missing between Commondale and Kildale, up on the Moors, YO21. She is wearing her harness and is microchipped.  DOG Lost ID: 173793

9 – Maple – Female – Therapy dog stolen on a walk – 21st March 2022.REUNITED April 2023!

Mapple a cockapoo was stolen and found 100 miles away in Norfolk. Microchip success stories
Reunited – read how in my newspaper article

Maple is a red cockapoo with a dash of white, microchipped and spayed and on the day of her disappearance was wearing a pink collar with a silver ID tag. Maple was last seen on Hogmoor Lane, near the crossroads area of Poplar Lane, Hurst, RG10 in the South East. Maple was captured on a vehicle CCTV being bundled into a blue Saab car with four white men. One man wore a high vis vest and all were aged in their mid-twenties. Dog Lost ID: 174398 or contact Thames Valley Police via 101 and quote 2022 0321 – 1192

Related questions:

Sometimes, stolen pets are sold from car parks, or on Gumtree and Facebook. Escaped dogs can travel between 0.5 to 2 miles in any direction initially.  A found pet may have an owner searching frantically – please ask your veterinary practice to scan for a microchip.  Please help them get home.

How can I protect my pet and myself on walks or at home?

Lower-priced alarms fitted with sirens over 110dBs act as a deterrent, and ADT can quote for FREE if a full home and pet alarm system is preferred.

Suggestions from £6:

Who do I call with information about a particular animal?

Please call Dog Lost using the contact details below, and quote the below ID number. Owners will be grateful for any information leading to the reunification of their pet. Alternatively, you can register on the website and, search for the pet using the ID number and leave a comment on the profile. Please re-check for any follow up questions an owner may ask.

Create a profile for FREE if your pet has gone missing, and for cats use Animal Search UK.

Dog Lost UK

01633 673859


Article published in the Withernsea District & Community News – May 2022

Poppy’s Pets has a column in the Withernsea & District Community Newspaper


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