Lit­tle dog that ran off is found dead by live rails

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Nick Lil­li­tos nlil­li­tos@thek­m­

A LOV­ING lit­tle fam­ily dog, who sparked a se­ries of searches af­ter she went missing in wood­land, has been found dead on a rail­way track.

Do­minic and Mi­randa Kelly, the dis­traught own­ers of Mocha had not stopped search­ing for her since she ran off while on a walk with Mr Kelly in De­r­ing Wood on May 8.

But sadly her body was found over the week­end ly­ing be­tween two live elec­tric rails, next to a rail path cross­ing that stretched over the track, be­tween Bid­den­den Green Farm and Oak­lands.

Mr Kelly said: “She was prob­a­bly try­ing to work her way home.”

Last week we re­ported on the dis­ap­pear­ance of the Pat­terdale Ter­rier and the fran­tic search by her own­ers and oth­ers to find her.

Some 30 vol­un­teers and their dogs, in­clud­ing a tracker ex­pert, had ear­lier joined in sep­a­rate searches to find Mocha.

Ad­di­tion­ally Mr Kelly spent hours scour­ing the woods ev­ery day try­ing to find her.

It was hoped she may still be alive but stuck in a badger’s sett or even a fox­hole, with the prospect of even­tu­ally free­ing her­self. But a call to the fam­ily about the sad dis­cov­ery fi­nally ex­tin­guished all hope.

Mr Kelly, of Rom­den Road, Smar­den, said: “A very kind of­fi­cial – an Andy Wil­son from Net­work Rail’s Ash­ford de­pot – went be­tween the live rails to re­trieve Mocha’s body for me.”

“I’d like to thank ev­ery­one who tried so hard to find Mocha,” said Mr Kelly.

“I buried her in the gar­den last Mon­day. She’s home now.”

Mocha the ter­rier

Do­minic Kelly

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