Missing sick dog reunited with expat owner after community appeal

Published:  22 Oct at 6 PM
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Timid Polly the Podenco went missing after escaping from her Costa del Sol home last Thursday during severe storms.

Terrified by the thunder and lightning, she’d torn a hole in her expat owner’s fence, bolted and couldn’t be found. The five-year old rescue dog suffers from severe kidney disease and can only eat a special diet due to her condition, and had gone missing after breaking through a metal fence in her fright whilst her Lancastrian owner Julie Frank was taking her daughter to school.

According to Julie, Podencos are known as doggy escape artists, with Polly’s family having done all they could to prevent her from finding or making a way out of the garden, but a massive storm frightened the dog so badly she managed to get out. She’d almost died from her illness in March, and needs a special low-protein diet to maintain her condition. Before her rescue, the last time she was seen she was running away from La Cala towards Fuengirola.

At Julie’s request, a popular local expat newspaper ran an article describing Polly and asking its readers to keep a lookout for her. The appeal was successful, with a local couple identifying Polly whilst she was roaming around a Fuengirola cemetery. They tried to approach her, but she was still terrified and ran, so they called Julie straight away.

When she arrived, Polly squealed and dashed straight to her. Now back in her home, she’s shattered from her ordeal, but as overjoyed as are her owners that she’s back with them again. Julie is so grateful to the newspaper and the many people who kept a lookout for the scared little dog, and especially to the kind couple who found her.
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