Family holiday turns into six-week nightmare after Patch the pooch goes missing

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A family on holiday in Dorset has been rocked by the disappearance of their dog Patch as they continue to look for their beloved pet, six weeks on from the initial vanishing.

The family from Sheffield set their sights on a summer break in Dorset with Josie, her daughter Sam and their Jack Russell cross terrier Patch – staying at their caravan in the Parkdean Resorts West Bay Holiday Park.

However, the holiday turned into a nightmare on June 4, when the family discovered Patch had gone missing.

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Described as being of a nervous and shy nature, Patch, who's a rescue dog, has been with the family for seven years.

The last updates of Patch's whereabouts were sightings of him at 4am on June 19 in West Bay harbour, which led the family to take action in the hope of finding him.

"We have done everything possible to try and find him," said Sam.

"We have put posters up, given out leaflets to people, local businesses have put up posters for us."

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While Josie and Sam have temporarily planted roots in Dorset until they find Patch, the rest of their family have been travelling between their home in Sheffield and West Bay in order to find Patch.

"It is possible that Patch left the area if he was disturbed and no longer felt safe wherever he was hiding, it's also possible that someone could have taken him," Sam said.

In times of struggle, this Dorset community has more than come to the aid of the family with Sam saying the help they've received from local community members has been "great", and a local photographer even taking his drone out to try and spot Patch – sadly to no avail.

A neighbourhood watch of sorts has been formed with the aim of finding Patch with local community members being kept on stand-by and keeping watch within the area.

Sam added: "I was able to set a group of volunteers who help us keep watch of the webcams each night and volunteers who have been out actively walking the area looking for Patch."

Sam pleaded for more help and information in trying to rescue Patch and said "even if someone picked him up to take him home and he perhaps managed to escape again in a completely different area, we just need to know".

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