STAFFORDSHIRE, UK: A dog-sitter, who lost a border collie while the owners were away, has left a couple heartbroken. In June 2022, when John and Julie Pearson went on a 10-day vacation, their pet dog, Fred, was left in the care of the dog-sitter. But only four days into their journey, the couple received a call that their 13-year-old dog had disappeared from Staffordshire’s Westbridge Park. The couple was so distraught that they rushed home from their vacation and called the police to report him missing on June 17.
The pair now claims that the dog-sitter’s account contains a lot of contradictions. John recalled, “She sent us a text message saying he had got diarrhea at 12.36 pm UK time but that’s also the time that she said she got stuck in the river with three dogs. She wouldn’t be sending a text saying he’d got the runs while stuck in the river trying to get out. It doesn’t ring true. We’ve got CCTV footage that she left that site at 12.59 pm – she hasn’t even looked for him.”
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“We know Fred doesn’t like the water so I can’t see him going in the water voluntarily. She says he got out on his own, she had got three dogs off their leads, and says they all went in the river, ” John added. According to what the dog-sitter allegedly told the couple, she became caught in the river while trying to rescue one of the dogs. But they claim that she abandoned Fred and made no effort to look for him.
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John told The Sun, “We spoke to the lady who helped her and she says she can’t remember seeing our dog at all so I wonder if Fred was there. We’ve got proof that she left at 12.59 pm so from 12.30 pm to 1 pm, she hasn’t even looked for Fred, if he was there she just abandoned him. There’s a phone number on his collar but we’ve had no phone calls. She said it might have come off when she dragged him out but first she said he had gotten out on his own. She is changing her story all the time.”
The pair is pleading with anyone with information to come forward as they are in a desperate search to locate Fred. “Fred is part of the family, it’s like losing my son. We thought it would be fine and he wouldn’t be gone for long. He could have had an accident or she could have sold him. I am certain he wasn’t there on that day. Everyone knows how friendly Fred is. Everyone we’ve spoken to seems to think it doesn’t sound right. We miss him daily, it’s very difficult. If someone has Fred, he needs to be with the people he knows. If you have any information please come forward, there’s a huge part of our family missing.” John remarked.