A DESPERATE pet owner who lost her dog at the beach eight months ago has appealed to the public for their help in finding her beloved pooch and is offering up a massive £15,000 reward.

Gill Scott and her partner Nick were walking their three-year-old terrier Flossie between Seaton Sluice and Blyth on September 2, 2021, when the black and tan dog disappeared in the trees. She never returned to her owners, and they suspect she was stolen.

In the eight months that have passed since Flossie’s disappearance, Gill, who is from Tynemouth, has campaigned tirelessly for the return of her dog – trying everything to get Flossie, who was a rescue dog, back.

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This has included creating a dedicated social media page, which has amassed over 6,500 members and droves of strangers helping, as well as now offering a £15,000 reward for the dog’s return.

Despite holding out hope of still finding her dog, which she describes as “part of the family,” the pet owner has highlighted the emotional strain that the whole ordeal has put on her and her family.

The Northern Echo: Gill Scott with her dog Flossie. Picture: GILL SCOTT.Gill Scott with her dog Flossie. Picture: GILL SCOTT.

Mrs Scott told The Northern Echo: “On the day in question, we were walking on a route we have done many times before. Flossie ran into the trees, and she didn’t return from there.

“We’ve had hundreds of strangers wanting to help us – people messaging over and mentioning potential sightings, and we always go out and check.

“These have turned out to be dead ends, but we still hold out hope that Flossie is still out there.

The Northern Echo: Nick with dog Flossie. Picture: GILL SCOTT.Nick with dog Flossie. Picture: GILL SCOTT.

“Me and my partner Nick have different opinions about what happened. We live in separate worlds. We used to walk Flossie together, and now it’s impacted us emotionally and physically.”

In the most recent appeal, Gill hopes that the £15,000 reward will be an incentive to those that potentially ‘captured’ Flossie – money that she is having to raid her savings to raise.

The Northern Echo: Flossie the dog went missing between Seaton Sluice and Blyth. Picture: GILL SCOTT.Flossie the dog went missing between Seaton Sluice and Blyth. Picture: GILL SCOTT.

She added: “I know some people frown upon paying rewards for missing pets because it feeds the dog thefts, but Flossie is our family, and we need to do everything to get her back.

“If it makes someone break and give information, it’s a no brainer to give over money.”

If you think you've seen Flossie, drop patrick.gouldsbrough@newsquest.co.uk


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