Sunday 19 January 2020

'I'd hate to think he's lying somewhere injured' - Owner makes appeal to find dog missing in Donegal flash floods

Rusty has been missing since Tuesday night
Rusty has been missing since Tuesday night
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

A worried owner has made a desperate appeal to help find his missing dog after flash floods hit Donegal.

Jamie Gallagher from Glentogher, Cardonagh lost his dog rusty in the chaos on Tuesday night.

The four-year-old Jack Russell was frightened by the thunder and lightning and owner Jamie reckons he went into hiding.

"He disappeared but there was no rain at that stage. I thought he'd come back on his own when things calmed down.

Father-of-three Liam Hegarty outside his home with some of his ruined clothing after the flooding. Photo: North West Newspix
Father-of-three Liam Hegarty outside his home with some of his ruined clothing after the flooding. Photo: North West Newspix

"I was sitting eating a bowl of cornflakes when the river's bank burst and water started coming in the door. My downstairs was flooded."

Jamie said he couldn't find Rusty the day after and fears the rescue dog was washed away by the strong currents.

Devastation in Carndonagh and Inishowen Photo: Jimmy Stafford
Devastation in Carndonagh and Inishowen Photo: Jimmy Stafford
Devastation in Carndonagh and Inishowen Photo: Jimmy Stafford
Devastation in Carndonagh and Inishowen Photo: Jimmy Stafford
Damage to the main Derry to Moville road in Co Donegal caused by the force of a flooded river overnight, after heavy rain left a trail of destruction. Photo: Brian Hutton/PA
Minister Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran inspects a damaged home in Burnfoot. Photo: Caroline Quinn
Transport Minister Shane Ross talks to Kathleen Molly in her flood-hit home in Burnfoot. Photo: Caroline Quinn
23 Aug 2017; General view of flood-damaged football pitch at Cockhill Celtic grounds, with treadmill that was carried the length of the pitch from the adjacent Dunree Boxing Club. Buncrana, Co. Donegal. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Aine Durkin outside her flood-damaged home in Buncrana, Co. Donegal. Photo: Caroline Quinn
23 Aug 2017; General view of flood-damage boxing club. Dunree Boxing Club, Buncrana, Co. Donegal. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Annette’s Hair Salon owner Annette Doherty (right) and friend Tina McDaid cleaning up after the floods. Photo: Caroline Quinn
General view of flood-damaged boxing club in Buncrana, Co. Donegal. Picture: Caroline Quinn
Floods in Carndonagh, Co Donegal. Photo Jimmy Stafford
Floods in Carndonagh, Co Donegal. Photo Jimmy Stafford
Floods in Carndonagh, Co Donegal. Photo Jimmy Stafford
Flooding hit parts of Derry.
Flooding hit parts of Derry.
Flooding hit parts of Derry.

"There hasn't been a trace of him. I thought I'd find him regardless whether he is alive or dead. I'd hate to think he's lying somewhere injured. The current was so strong. I don't know what happened to him."

Anyone who has seen Rusty is urged to get in contact with Jamie on 0857895064.

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