Disabled girl’s ‘best friend’ Lucy the pug still missing
Written by Rother Radio News on 08/10/2020
The family of a disabled little girl who had her “best friend” stolen will never stop searching.
Lucy the pug left the family garden in Thurcroft, Rotherham on September 2 to go and run around in the fields opposite.
Her owner, Chloe Addison, 27, followed her outside shortly before 5pm but, just a few minutes later, Lucy had completely disappeared.
Chloe was only four paces behind Lucy when the little dog turned out of the field and trotted up Ivanhoe road, past the family home.
“That was when one of the kids came into the garden and shouted me”, Chloe said.
“At this point Lucy was only four or five footsteps in front of me and I turned back to the house to shout ‘hold on’ and then I turned around and Lucy had gone.”
Having done a thorough search of the area immediately after Lucy’s disappearance, the Addison family concluded that she had likely been stolen.
Now, over a month since Lucy’s disappearance, Chloe has thousands of people all over the country looking for her.
“We won’t ever give up, we’ll always keep looking for her”, Chloe said.
Though Lucy is the family pet, she is best friends with Chloe’s three-year-old daughter, Ellieanna, who is disabled due to a brain injury and would usually interact only with Lucy.
“Ellieanna is not great, she’s very lonely without her – things are very difficult at the moment”, Chloe said.
Lucy is microchipped and registered as stolen and there have been banners put up for miles, while a Facebook group called ‘Bring Lucy Home’ has over two and a half thousand members.
The cash reward for Lucy’s safe return has been increased to £1,500.
But Chloe said that she is trying not to feel too positive, because she does not want to get her hopes up.
She said: “I try not to have any feelings, because I don’t want to get my hopes up or my kids hopes up, otherwise I just end up so hurt.”
Lucy had been due to undergo surgery for a weak heart the week following her disappearance and was also on medication for heart and breathing problems.
The biggest scare for her family is the impact that five weeks without her medication will be having on her.
Chloe said that she is “likely to be deteriorating by the day”.
In an emotional post on Facebook, Chloe begged whoever has her dog to bring her home.
She said: “Five weeks of heartache for our family there are no words to describe how we are feeling. Five weeks Ellieanna has been looking round our house for her best friend.
“We all love Lucy with all of our heart but she was so special to Ellieanna, that bond will never be able to be replaced or undone. Lucy loves Ellieanna as much as Ellieanna loves Lucy don’t you see this? She will never rightfully be yours she will never love you like she does us.
“PLEASE PLEASE BRING HER HOME PLEASE THINK ABOUT HOW OUR CHILDREN ARE FEELING IN ALL THIS.”
Anyone with information about Lucy’s disappearance should contact South Yorkshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 860 of 2 September.