Monday 23 October 2017

Help find Gracie: Sick rescue dog missing from foster home since last week

Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

A social media campaign has been launched to help find a rescue dog reported missing by her foster family last week.

The young whippet cross Gracie went missing from her temporary home in south Dublin last Wednesday morning.

Eimear Coffey posted a Facebook appeal on July 1 requesting assistance in helping to find the "Dogs in Distress" pet.

The "devastated" dog lover has been out searching every day since the whippet's disappearance, following up on leads from well-wishers.

Despite numerous sightings of Gracie, however, the frightened dog - who had been wearing a red collar - has yet to be brought home safely.

"Obviously I'm absolutely gutted that we haven't managed to catch Gracie yet. Not to mention, sunburnt, footsore and heartsick. However, as long she keeps being sighted in the same area, there's hope," Eimear wrote on Facebook.

There is particular urgency in finding Gracie as soon as possible as she remains quite ill after a recent operation and needs to have stitches removed.

After being abandoned with her six puppies recently, she required an operation to remove sticks and coal from her stomach.

While in surgery, Gracie effectively died for five minutes before being resuscitated.

She was then rehomed with the Coffey family who were looking after her during her recuperation.

Ms Coffey has thanked those who have shared her posts and assisted in the search for Gracie thus far.

"Thanks so much again, everyone. You have no idea how heartening you all caring is, it's keeping me going right now," she wrote.

She has advised those who do see Gracie, however, not to approach her but to call 086 3696413 immediately.

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