Family's plea for help finding pet
THREE siblings are desperately hoping to be reunited with their beloved pet pooch.
English springer spaniel Penny has been missing since December 21 after disappearing from fields around the home of a family from Criggan, near Bugle.
The children's mum Tamera Clark said eight-year-old Penny – named as such because of the brown coin-like spot on her back – may have bolted after hearing gun shots.
Miss Clark said: "She does not like guns. I think it (the sound of the gun) scared her and she ran off."
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The 35 year-old, along with her children Charlotte, Megan and Kieran Pollard, aged 12, 10 and 3 respectively, have already spent tens of hours scouring fields and moorland.
They have also called on neighbours and put up posters right up to Bodmin.
Now the family have contacted the Cornish Guardian in the desperate hope that our readers might be able to help.
"From the day she went missing the children spent all of the holiday looking for her, said Miss Clark. "They even went out on Christmas Day in the evening.
"There have been quite a few other people looking as well.
"Penny really is part of the family. The kids are missing her terribly. They are always wondering where she is and shouting out her name when they are out and about."
Another family member who is missing the English springer spaniel is cocker spaniel Cassie.
Cassie is almost inseparable from Penny, to the point she even sleeps on top of her.
The family have also contacted the RSPCA, the vet and the dog warden.
"We're really hoping somebody has taken her in," Miss Clark added.
"I'd just like to know either way. If she has died it would be unfair on the children to keep them thinking she is going to come home."
Penny was microchipped but was not wearing a collar.
Anyone with information should call reporter Caroline Chick on 01726 76815 or e-mail email@example.com