Eastbourne dog reunited with family after 10-day hunt

Whippet Jasper who was reunited with his family after going missing for 10 days. SUS-150709-112550001

Whippet Jasper who was reunited with his family after going missing for 10 days. SUS-150709-112550001

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A beloved family dog from Eastbourne has been found after going missing for 10 days.

After the long search, whippet Jasper was found in a field near the A27 late on Friday (September 4).

Dozens of volunteers from Facebook and DogLost – a website for tracking missing pets – helped search for Jasper, reporting seeing him around the area he went missing.

Owner Eleanor Mogridge said, “In the space of 10 days, this boy has been seen chasing vans down the road, crossing a railway line, stalking chickens, and possibly even made it over the A27 twice.

“I can’t thank everyone enough for the support and kind words offered to me since last week, totally restored my faith in humanity. People are so kind and it made such a difference.”

Jasper went missing after he was scared by a dog fight while on a walk. He took off running and is thought to have covered around three miles in just 45 minutes.

The hunt for Jasper received a huge reaction online with more than 134 posts from volunteer searchers on DogLost.

After nearly giving up hope, Eleanor decided to wait overnight in the field near where Jasper went missing. She had just begun to set up for the evening when she turned around to find Jasper sitting calmly behind her.

Eleanor said, “Before I’d even gone to my sitting spot after putting down some food for him, there he was, just looking at me. Trotted over like nothing had happened.”

After spending 10 days outdoors during last week’s heavy thunderstorms, Jasper’s health has been suffering.

Eleanor said, “He lost around a fifth of his weight down from 15 kilos down to 11 kilos – I don’t think he would have lasted much longer.

“He has been sleeping a lot because he cant have been sleeping properly out there and he was covered in fleas and ticks.

“He is still doing all of his usual things but doing them slower than normal.”

Since his return to the family home, Jasper has been given a bath, plenty of food and is beginning to make a full recovery.

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