Sunday 25 February 2018

'She was the constant in my life' - Irish man launches nationwide appeal for dog who ran away in thunderstorm

Sona (Credit: Twitter/@MissingDogsIrl)
Sona (Credit: Twitter/@MissingDogsIrl)
Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

An Irish man has said "he will always keep looking" for his dog that ran away during a thunderstorm six months ago.

Joe Keating has been heartbroken since his 7-year-old collie Sona took off from their home in Ballinskelligs, Co Kerry.

​Since her departure, the former architect has canvassed across Kerry and the rest of Munster, putting up posters and speaking with vets and shelters in both England and Ireland.

Mr Keating turned to his namesake Joe Duffy explaining why he has now advertised in the Sunday Independent in an attempt to ensure the safe return of his beloved pet.

"I'm very close to the dog, she's my family. I would do anything to get her back," he told RTE's Liveline this afternoon.

"I live on my own except for Sona - she was central to my routine, to my life.  She was the constant in my life, it's very difficult to let that go."

Sona, a black white and tan collie mix, is understood to have run away in fear without a collar and may have looked "abandoned".

But Mr Keating said that she was a "cherished companion" and he hasn't "stopped looking for since she left".

He voiced his fears that the collie may have fallen off a nearby cliff when terrified from the adverse weather but no body has ever been recovered.

A number of newspaper readers responded to yesterday's ad with well wishes and photos but Mr Keating is no closer to being reunited with Sona.

"The ad yesterday was my national appeal. If this doesn't work, I'll wind down," he told the RTE Radio 1 talkshow.

"However, I'll never really stop looking for her. I'll always keep an eye out".

Anyone who may have information as to the whereabouts of Sona can call Joe Keating on 0877695856.

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