Lost dog may be in Morecambe area

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A WOMAN who has lost her beloved dog believes he could be in the Morecambe and Lancaster area.

Emma Dulieu from Greenodd near Ulverston is offering a cash reward of £1,000 and a holiday to anyone who can alert her to the whereabouts of her missing dog.

It has been almost two weeks since Encasa, Emma’s beloved rescue dog from Spain, went missing after running off across the sands of Bardsea.

A routine morning walk at 8am on May 18 turned into a nightmare for Emma as Encasa became cut off from her by a fast moving tide.

Emma said: “He ran off right across the bay to Cartmel Sands, chasing a seagull. The tide came in and I am assuming he was stuck on the far side.

“He would never approach other people as he is too nervous. Since we reported him missing, we have been bombarded by kind messages from people, but no sightings.

“We are desperate for something. People might have noticed a dog running around but not thought anything of it. He is more likely to hide from people than go up to them.”

Encasa is a Podenco-cross used as a hunting dog in Spain. They are often abused or abandoned and dog shelters find them hard to rehome.

Encasa spent five years at the Ibizan Hound Rescue Centre in Spain before being rescued two years ago when he started his happy new life with Emma and her partner Roy.

Emma said Encasa was initially petrified of people due to the extreme abuse he had suffered as a puppy.

She said: “Nobody could get near him at all. When he came to us he was almost like a wild animal. After so many years waiting in the shelter in Spain, it is heartbreaking that this should happen now.”

Encasa recently became an internet sensation after Emma set up a blog to show how far he had come from a desperately nervous wild animal to affectionate family pet, cultivating a following as far away as the USA.

When Emma uploaded a video of Encasa to the internet to show how he had progressed in their care, she was bombarded by messages from across the world.

Clearly, something about Encasa’s special nature captured their hearts, just as it did with Sue Allen who is offering a free holiday, to anyone that can point Encasa’s owners in the right direction.

Sue, who owns East Ruston Holiday Cottages in Norfolk, said: “Encasa is a beautiful dog with a really gentle nature. He is known and loved by so many people. I know how heart broken Emma and Roy are at his disappearance and want to help them find him. That’s why I’m offering one weeks holiday, in our luxury holiday cottage in Norfolk to anyone who can provide information that helps to bring Encasa home.”

Increasingly desperate for a sighting, Emma has been out every day searching for Encasa in 18-hour stretches since he went missing.

Encasa is red coloured, looks like a German shepherd cross and is similar to a large fox in appearance. He was wearing a collar and tag when he disappeared and is microchipped, but is unlikely to approach strangers.

“Even if the worst has happened, we need to know,” said Emma. “At the moment it is just torture not knowing what has happened to him.

“Nothing would give us greater pleasure than to have him back home where he belongs. We would be delighted to give £1,000 and the luxury holiday valued at £700 to anyone who can give us information which leads to his safe return.”

Sightings of Encasa can be reported by calling Emma on 07969 560688 or 01229 861176.