Seagull carries away dog from garden in Devon

Owner appeals for information after Gizmo the chihuahua was taken from house in Paignton

 Four-year-old Gizmo has not been seen since he was snatched by the seagull on Sunday afternoon. Photograph: Becca Hill/PA

A dog owner has asked for help to be reunited with her miniature chihuahua after a seagull took it from a garden in Devon.

Becca Hill, 24, from Paignton, has appealed for information about four-year-old Gizmo, who was carried away on Sunday afternoon.

She told the Devon Live website: “My partner was in the garden putting the washing out at the time and suddenly he saw it swoop down. It carried Gizmo a fair way as we couldn’t see him any more. I have no idea if he was dropped or where he is now.”

Hill also wrote on Facebook: “Please, please, please, anyone finds a chihuahua he’s mine, a seagull took him from my garden.”

Hill, who owns three chihuahuas, said she had heard reports of seagulls snatching dogs but never expected it to happen to her.

Several people are helping with the search and anyone with information is asked to call 07774 724797. The search was due to resume on Monday.

After an appeal was posted on Doglost.co.uk a contributor called Captain said: “A lot of gardens have been checked and cleared along with rooftops, garage roofs and trees.”

Another contributor, Hasi’smum, wrote: “Apparently he [Gizmo] was taken and flown more or less parallel with the main Marldon Road over the roofs down towards [and maybe further than] Ailescombe Drive.”

A spokesman for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds said: “This must be extremely upsetting for the dog’s owner. Fortunately these types of incidents are very rare and not typical gull behaviour.”

source -guardian.com

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