Missing dog Winnie found alive and well in St Albans

PUBLISHED: 18:22 03 October 2020 | UPDATED: 19:35 03 October 2020

Missing Winnie with owner Frances Haycock.

Missing Winnie with owner Frances Haycock.


A six day search for a missing pet dog which mobilised the St Albans community has a happy ending.

Have you seen this missing St Albans dog? Picture: Frances HaycockHave you seen this missing St Albans dog? Picture: Frances Haycock

A by-now skinny Winnie, the beloved cavapoo, has been reunited with her overjoyed owner Frances Haycock.

Winnie disappeared from a doggy day care in Smug Oak Lane, Bricket Wood, on Monday, prompting extensive searches of the local area by volunteers who mobilised on social media.

She was eventually found by a team of professional sniffer dogs earlier today in the Ventura industrial estate after being spotted by members of the public..

Frances said: “We’re so relieved to have Winnie home! Apart from being very hungry with some thistles stuck deep in her fur, she is doing well and having a well earned rest.

Frances Haycock reunited with dog Winnie after six days. Photo: Susan SutcliffeFrances Haycock reunited with dog Winnie after six days. Photo: Susan Sutcliffe

“We’d like to take this opportunity to thank Rosie Sutcliffe and Sue Sutcliffe from Paw Behaviour who worked tirelessly with their trained search dogs to track her down. We’d also like to thank DogLost Hertfordshire who’ve been with us every step of the way giving advice and helping on the ground, including Stuart Brown who camped out all of last night on Harper Lane on a stake out with thermal imaging equipment.

“Thank you to all of the members of the public- the fellow dog owners, local residents, volunteer searchers from across Hertfordshire and volunteer drone pilots - who have helped us to scour acres of land and have supported us through a terrifying six days. We will cherish every moment with Winnie and always cuddle her that bit tighter.

“We will be taking down missing posters over the next day and we’d be so grateful if members of the public are able to help remove these so as not to cause any confusion.”

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