a DISTRAUGHT dog owner has been left heartbroken over Christmas after his dog went missing more than three weeks ago.
Graham Hopton, 55, told the Wetherby News that his Christmas had been put “on hold” after his beloved Jack Russell went missing on Tuesday December 6 near Hetchwell Woods between Bardsey and Thorner.
Two-year-old Maisie, who is described as very friendly, went missing around teatime when Mr Hopton was walking his other dog Peggy, Maisie’s mother, in the area near the woods.
Maisie disappeared after being off her lead and has not been seen since.
Mr Hopton said: “It has been extremely hard without Maisie.
“She is part of the family.
“Christmas has been on hold a bit this year.”
The family have started a poster campaign in the hopes that someone will come forward with information.
“We have put posters up all around the fields and surrounding areas where she went missing, added Mr Hopton.
“And I come up here every teatime walking my other dogs to try and find her.”
But so far the search has been unsuccessful.
“I don’t know what has happened to her.
“All we can hope for is that she is found.”
Maisie, who is a brown and white long legged Parson Jack Russell, has not been seen in the area since.
As well as posters around the town, the family have posted the missing pet’s picture on Gumtree and other social networking sites.
Mr Hopton and his wife Angela have been dog breeding for a number of years and describe themselves as a very “animal-orientated” family.
Talking about how much he and the family miss Maisie, Mr Hopton, added: “We all miss her so much.
“Peggy, who is Maisie’s mother, will not leave my side now.
“We are just hoping someone, somewhere will have information as to her whereabouts and she is found safe and well.”
Mr Hopton is offering anyone with information leading to Maisy’s safe return a reward of £250.
Anyone with any information should call 07891 272 865.