Heartfelt appeal for missing Millie

Have you seen Millie the black poodle, who went missing at Alverdiscott on Wednesday, October 30.

Have you seen Millie the black poodle, who went missing at Alverdiscott on Wednesday, October 30. - Credit: Archant

Distraught Barnstaple family’s appeal for help to find lost poodle.

A disabled Barnstaple woman has made a desperate appeal for help to find her beloved pet poodle after she went missing last week.

Black miniature poodle Millie slipped her collar on Wednesday at around 6pm as she was being returned from a dog groomer’s in Alverdiscott.

Owner Helen Hatch, 46, and her distraught family have joined dozens of others to scour the area in search of her, but to no avail.

Three-year-old Millie has been with Helen, her husband Gavin, their two sons and other poodle Bonnie at their home in Newport since she was 11 months old.


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“She means the world to me, she is just so lovely and sweet-natured,” said Helen.

“I am disabled and have been in bed for most of my life, so the dogs are company for me.

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“Millie has a lovely temperament but is just absolutely petrified of everything and everybody. She had a bad start to life and is still very nervous of the outside world and people. We think maybe she has gone to ground and is just not coming out because she is so scared.”

The night Millie went missing, Helen and Gavin sat in their car at the spot, hoping she would realise it was them and reappear. Yesterday (Sunday) following appeals on Facebook upwards of 40 people turned out to help search.

“I have been around in my mobility scooter calling and calling for her, everywhere my scooter will allow me,” added Helen.

“It’s the thought of not knowing that’s the hard part – if I knew she had gone I could at least grieve for her.”

Millie is micro-chipped and is black, with a short coat, plus a white chest and white patches on her back toes.

If anyone spots her or has any information, they can contact Helen on 07837 782101 or 01271 324054.

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