A DEVASTATED family has launched an appeal to find their beloved dog after he went missing during a savaged attack.
Maxie disappeared from near his home in Upholland more than three weeks ago after he was targeted by a stray Staffordshire bull terrier.
Jackie Reynolds was playing ball with the four-year-old Jack Russell Terrier at around 8.30am on December 23 at the duck pond on Chequer Lane when he was attacked.
The 44-year-old explained: “It all happened so quickly, I threw him the ball and then out of nowhere a Staffie just came out of the bushes and started biting him.
“The other dog appeared to be on its own, he wasn’t on a lead or had a collar or anything.
“Maxie just sprinted off and the Staffie ran after him. I was so frightened and worried, I tried running after them but I couldn’t keep up. And I searched for him for ages afterwards but just couldn’t find him anywhere.”
Despite numerous search attempts and appeals to find Maxie from family, friends and nearby residents he still hasn’t been found.
Jackie and her two children, Callum, 12 and 11-year-old Madison have been left distraught and are appealing for help to find their beloved pet. Jackie said: “My little girl misses him so much. She was absolutely devastated when we told her the news and she still cries for him.
“We got Maxie when he was just a few weeks old so they’ve grown up together. Three weeks later and she still continues to go out with her friends and look for him.
“We all just want him back home safe and well now. We have another puppy called Kain who has grown so much since Maxie left that he wouldn’t even recognise him anymore.”
Maxie is microchipped and neutered with a docked tail. Contact Jackie on 07985 172834 if you can help.