THEY thought they’d never see their beloved pet dog again.
Allison and Ross Meloy were left devastated when French bulldog Gizmo went missing from their home.
But after almost giving up hope, the couple are delighted thanks to an eagle-eyed reader of The News who spotted their furry friend near Fawcett Road on Wednesday afternoon.
The News reported how the 18-month old pup ran out of the gate at their home wearing one of Allison’s unique diamante chokers around his neck and bright red nail polish on his claws.
A relieved Ross, of St Thomas’s Street, Old Portsmouth, said: ‘We had a phone call from a member of the public who saw Gizmo with unlikely characters walking near Fawcett Road.
‘She went back to check the newspaper and called me to let me know.’
Ross said he drove to nearby Rugby Road and retrieved the dog from the men, who fled.
He added: ‘We saw it was him – he looked unhappy.
‘The night before I was giving up hope of ever getting him back.
‘We didn’t hear anything after the story was published and we were coming to terms with it.’
Gizmo is now happily home and in perfect health – but Allison’s necklace was missing and his nail varnish had been scrubbed off.
‘I want to say a big thank you to the person who found him’, added Ross, who thanked The News for making people aware Gizmo was missing.
‘She’s a dog lover but didn’t want any publicity for finding him.
‘I’m confident someone saw him wondering and put him in their car. He’s a friendly dog and would have jumped up into the car seat.’
‘I have had so many people call us with support.
‘People in the area have been talking about him – he’s like a local celebrity now.