Appeal for missing Hampshire toy poodle goes viral as drones deployed in search

AN appeal for a dog who went missing earlier this week has gone viral, prompting a major search and rescue operation.

Wednesday, 10th February 2021, 1:41 pm
Updated Thursday, 11th February 2021, 2:05 pm

Meeko, a grey toy poodle, went missing around Farley Mount in Winchester on Monday, February 8.

The one-year-old pup was last seen running to the fields by the Hampshire monument, with owner Anna Brown launching an appeal on Facebook to find him.

Her post has since received more than 700 shares from locals, with others also joining the search in person.

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Meeko, a one-year-old toy poodle, went missing near Winchester on Monday. Picture: Denmead Drone SAR

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The owners are looking to keep the number of physical searchers to a minimum, but Denmead Drone Search and Rescue has also joined the search.

Posting on Facebook, Denmead Drone Search and Rescue said: ‘If you do spot Meeko while out and about completely ignore him, it is vital he is not chased or attempted to be caught as we need him to stay within the area.

‘Take a screenshot of your location on your mobile phone – coordinates would be really helpful or use the app What3Words. Report your sighting to ourselves with as much information as possible.

‘Meeko is incredibly nervous so it is vital he is not chased or attempted to be caught.’

Also in the search is dog walker Nikki Roberts.

She said: ‘We’ve recently had a sighting so are checking out the surrounding area.

‘Somebody got in touch to say they saw him so we’ve got our fingers crossed.’

Anyone with information can either contact Denmead Drone Search and Rescue on Facebook, or call the family on 07863 205717.

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