Search­ing for Bolita

Des­per­ate search con­tin­ues for beloved el­derly pet who es­caped from board­ing ken­nels be­tween Pi­noso and Ye­cla

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - NEWS - By Shel­ley Lid­dell slid­[email protected]­news,es

LORENZO and his part­ner Jo are the dis­traught own­ers of Bolita, a black nine-year-old fe­male dog, who went miss­ing from board­ing ken­nels, while the cou­ple were away over Christ­mas vis­it­ing rel­a­tives.

The last time they saw Bolita was on De­cem­ber 22 when they left her at The Dog­gie Ho­tel, lo­cated off the road be­tween Ye­cla and Pi­noso, to­gether with their three other dogs. Bolita had al­ready stayed a few times at the fully li­censed ken­nels run by ex­pats Jac­quie and Vince with­out a prob­lem.

Lorenzo told CBN that he re­ceived a call on the morn­ing of Fri­day, De­cem­ber 28, to say that Bolita had es­caped. Late that same night, the cou­ple flew home and the next morn­ing they went to the ken­nels, des­per­ately hop­ing that Bolita had been found.

Here they were told that she had es­caped within five min­utes when out for ex­er­cise through a small drainage chan­nel, and although they had im­me­di­ately gone out look­ing for her, she was nowhere to be seen.

Bolita is a small dog weigh­ing around 4 ki­los and is ap­prox­i­mately 10 inches tall, she is black with ev­i­dent signs of aging with plenty of white hair on her face and legs, and she has a longish body. She is also mi­crochipped.

Lorenzo bot­tle-fed her when she was a puppy and is very much at­tached to her, she is not just a dog, she is fam­ily.

It makes no sense to her own­ers or to the Jac­quie and Vince, that Bolita would es­cape from her own doggy fam­ily, as they were very much a tightly knit pack, although Jac­quie thinks that she could have gone after rab­bit or a mouse, as the sur­round­ing area is farm­land with plenty of small wildlife.

Since their re­turn Lorenzo and Jo have not stopped search­ing for Bolita, posters have been shared on so­cial me­dia, a drone was used and they put up a €500 re­ward for Bolita's safe re­turn. A friend has dou­bled this, so the re­ward now stands at €1000.

So far, no sight­ings of Bolita have been re­ported at all.

CBN also spoke to Jac­quie from the Dog­gie Ho­tel, who is very up­set about Bolita's dis­ap­pear­ance.

In the years she and her part­ner have run ken­nels back in the UK and more re­cently here in Spain, they have never had a dog es­cape and for Bolita to go miss­ing is a night­mare for them.

Jac­quie ex­plained that their ken­nels have se­cure perime­ter fenc­ing, which is buried deep into con­crete so dogs can­not get out, but there are small drainage holes for the heavy rain­fall that can sud­denly oc­cur in Spain to be able to drain away. These holes are now blocked by re­mov­able bricks.

She also said it was un­for­tu­nate that she was not in­formed that Bolita had es­caped through small holes be­fore, although those times she had not strayed far, as she would have not been left out of sight in the fenced ex­er­cise area.

She said they have not stopped look­ing for Bolita since she dis­ap­peared; work­ers on the sur­round­ing farms are also all look­ing out for Bolita as they go out on their trac­tors or work the land.

She and Vince sin­cerely hope that she will be found soon.

All the vets and shel­ters in the area have been in­formed, and Jo has set up a Face­book page with pho­tos and videos of Bolita, called 'Search­ing for Bolita'.

Un­for­tu­nately all com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween the two par­ties has now bro­ken down com­pletely.

Jac­quie has had to close her per­sonal and busi­ness Face­book pages due to up­set­ting threats from what she de­scribed as ‘key­board war­riors’, in some cases they were peo­ple who lived abroad, and Lorenzo, un­der­stand­ably, has re­ported the ken­nels to the Guardia Civil for los­ing his dog.

Mean­while Jac­quie's lawyer ad­vised that any fur­ther com­mu­ni­ca­tion with Bolita's owner should be through him.

But with­out doubt, what every­body wants is for Bolita to be found, so if any­body has any in­for­ma­tion or sight­ings please go to the Face­book page Search­ing for Bolita - where there is con­tact in­for­ma­tion, so she can get back home to her fam­ily where she be­longs.

As she has been re­ported miss­ing to au­thor­i­ties, the mi­crochip reg­istry should be on alert, so if she is taken into any vet or po­lice sta­tion, the own­ers will be no­ti­fied.


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