A whole community is on the lookout for Buster a terrified Romanian rescue dog who is hiding out in the Huthwaite area.
Buster, a three year old long haired cross breed was en-route from Romania to the 4 Paws rescue kennels in Lincoln when he managed to escape from the transport vehicle when it stopped at Tibshelf services.
Jodie Fairbrother of 4 Paws, said: “We are trying to pull everyone together to find Buster. He is really nervous and I want to emphasise he poses no threat to anybody.
“Please don’t try to catch him - he will just run away
“We need spotters who can contact us and tell us when and where they have seen him.
So far we have had reports of him being seen in the Columbia Street and Mill Lane area of Huthwaite.
“What we need is for people to tell us when and where they saw him .
“Then we can put down some tinned meat in those areas .
When he trusts this is his regular food source over a three or four day period we can put a trap down to catch him so he doesn’t get hurt.”
Buster was being taken to Kelly’s rescue centre in Norfolk, who specialise in rehabilitating nervous dogs for adoption, when he escaped.
He has been legally checked and poses no risk, says Jodie.
She added: “Buster had a terrible time in Romania where he was rescued. Street dogs are very clever and he will only come out between around 9pm to 6am as he is terrified of people.
“We know from experience these dogs will settle in a radius of about a mile, so hopefully he will be easy to spot and we can rescue him.”
Buster escaped last Thursday.
Jodie explained: “We have to do regular stops from Romania to the UK for welfare checks and to make sure the dogs are OK in transit.
“The pen Buster was in was being cleaned at the service station. Buster was frightened by a noise, saw daylight through the side door and bolted.”
There has been a huge response to Buster’s plight on social media and Huthwaite residents have already spotted him several times.
Anyone who sees Buster, contact Jodie on 07878136153 or Helen on 07875505308.