Tiny dog lost in bush af­ter crash

Marlborough Express - The Saturday Express, Marlborough - - FRONT PAGE - PAULA HULBURT

‘‘She's never spent a night out­side in her life ... even when she's in­doors the noise of the wind howl­ing through the trees scares her.’’

Tak­ing their dog on a rare car jour­ney ended in dis­as­ter for a cou­ple af­ter their much-loved pet dis­ap­peared fol­low­ing a crash.

Tiny Syd­ney silky bi­chon cross Xena has been miss­ing since Sun­day.

Up­set own­ers Gail and Pete Cle­ment from Have­lock have spent hours search­ing in vain for their much-loved dog.

They hope peo­ple will keep an eye out for the shy an­i­mal in hopes they will be re­united soon.

The nine-year-old dog van­ished af­ter Gail and Peter were in a two car crash at the in­ter­sec­tion of Main Rd and Wil­son St in Have­lock about 1pm.

Their car flipped and ended-up on its roof.

Gail says the pair were left ‘‘bruised and badly shook up.’’

But she says it is Xena’s dis­ap­pear­ance which is hurt­ing the most.

‘‘We were tipped up­side down and flipped onto the roof. We were go­ing to the dump and had a trailer on the back and the car was full of rub­bish.

‘‘She doesn’t like the car so we try and take her along on lit­tle trips to get her used to it.

‘‘I could feel her warm belly along my leg but when my hus­band got out she must have fol­lowed him.’’ she says.

The pair, along­side fam­ily and friends, have searched the area every day since the crash.

The last sight­ing of Xena was as she headed-up into dense bush.

‘‘She’s pretty sprightly but fright­ens very eas­ily.

‘‘Noises and strong winds scare her. She’s never spent a night out­side in her life and even when she’s in­doors the noise of the wind howl­ing through the trees scares her.

‘‘There’s been noth­ing. No noise such as whim­per­ing or bark­ing. I would hope that if she hears us she would bark but it won’t be loud.

‘‘She’s tiny; only about the size of a cat,’’ she says.

The cou­ple have left items of cloth­ing near where Xena was last spot­ted in the hope their scent may bring her closer to home.

They con­tinue to search at least twice a twice.

‘‘Once my hus­band checked I was okay he saw her head quite a long way up the state high­way be­fore she bolted up the hill.

‘‘She ended up quite far from the crash site,’’ says Gail who added the cou­ple were ‘‘very grate­ful’’ for all the help and sup­port they have re­ceived.

Po­lice have lo­cated the other driver and are con­tin­u­ing their en­quiries to bring Xena home safely.

To re­port any sight­ings of Xena con­tact Pete on: 0274783340 or Gail on: 021366 090.

Syd­ney silky bi­chon cross Xena has been miss­ing from her Have­lock home since Sun­day af­ter a car crash

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