HUNDREDS of people are searching for a dog which went missing in Weardale a week ago.

Polly, a nine-year-old golden retriever, disappeared by the River Wear between Wolsingham and Frosterley during a walk last Wednesday, July 31.

Owners Stacy and Tony Burleigh have been supported by around 600 people including friends and family, residents, dog lovers, farmers and gamekeepers in the search for Polly and by sharing an appeal on social media.

Mrs Burleigh, a former veterinary nurse who now runs a dog grooming business in Wolsingham, said Polly is fit and active, often explores on her own on her daily walk and though she is familiar with the area it is possible she ventured close to the river which was high that day.

She said: “I am distraught and would do anything to have Polly back. Please keep looking for her and let us know if you see anything. She is very much missed by us and by our other dog Wilbur.We have had so much support from so many people trying to help us find Polly. We’d like to thank everyone who has given their time to search – we are truly overwhelmed.”

One of the many people who has helped in the search for Polly is Sarah Hudspeth, who lives in Frosterley.

She said: “As a dog owner, I would be devastated if something happened to my dog. I don’t know Stacy well, but she is such a genuine and kind person and is amazing with my dog when he goes for his grooming appointment. I know how much she adores her dogs, Polly and Wilbur, so I wanted to help however I could. My two sons and I have been out on several of the searches for Polly and we’re all just desperate to find her.”

Anyone who spots Polly is asked not to shout her name but to try to take a picture and report the sighting to Mrs Burleigh on 07725-616424 so she can attempt to retrieve her, as in the usual advice for missing dogs.