‘Heartbroken’ owner offers £500 reward for missing chihuahua

REWARD: Vicky Lewis (35) who has offered a reward for her missing dog Charlie Picture: DAVID WOOD

REWARD: Vicky Lewis (35) who has offered a reward for her missing dog Charlie Picture: DAVID WOOD

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The ‘heartbroken’ owner of a missing dog says she feels like a part of her is missing – and has offered a £500 reward for his safe return.

Chocolate Chihuahua Charlie disappeared on Friday, July 3, after escaping from a garden in Laburnum Avenue, Harraton, Washington.

REWARD: Missing dog Charlie.

REWARD: Missing dog Charlie.

Owner Vicky Lewis, 36, lives alone with 11-month-old Charlie, and has been beside herself with worry since he went missing. She even took out a full-page advert in the Echo in her bid to find him.

She said: “It has been a very worrying time, and I just want him back.

“He’s tiny, and is like my baby. He’s a part of me, and it feels like that part of me is missing. He goes where I go.

“I am desperate to find him and make sure he is safe, and get him home.

I’m desperate to find Charlie and make sure he is safe, and get him home

Vicky Lewis

“It’s heartbreaking not knowing where Charlie is, as he’s always been a scared little puppy and was just becoming a confident little chap. I can’t imagine what this will be doing to him.”

Miss Lewis and Charlie live in Bonemill Lane, Washington, but the dog went missing when he was being looked after by his Vicky’s mum, Carol Lewis.

Vicky, who has had the dog since he was eight weeks old, added: “A builder came to my mam’s house, and when she opened the gate to let him in, Charlie ran off. The builder chased him, and I think that might have spooked him a bit.

“The only possible sightings we’ve had since then have been in Blackfell, and I’m so worried about him.”

REWARD: Vicky Lewis (35) who has offered a reward for her missing dog Charlie Picture: DAVID WOOD

REWARD: Vicky Lewis (35) who has offered a reward for her missing dog Charlie Picture: DAVID WOOD

Miss Lewis is now offering a £500 reward for Charlie’s safe return, or for those who give information which leads to that, having last week taken out a full-page advert in the Echo appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

Charlie has a white marking on the top of his chest, but the rest of his body is all chocolate or brownt, and he was wearing a black fabric collar with white dots when he went missing. Those with information are asked to call 07568 307254.

Meanwhile, a website, www.helpfindcharlie.com, has also been set up.