Pensioner, 91, puts up £15,000 reward for his family’s beloved missing border terrier dog 

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‘Devastated’ pensioner, 91, puts up £15,000 reward for his family’s beloved missing border terrier dog

  • Jim Scott, 91, was distraught when border terrier cross Flossie vanished last year
  • Three-year-old Flossie ran off while walking on a beach in Blyth, Northumberland
  • Ten months later, Mr Scott has offered a £15,000 reward in an effort to trace her 
  • His appeal has been backed by Rachel Riley, Brenda Blethyn and Ann Cleeves 
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A 91-year-old man determined to get his family’s missing dog back has put up a £15,000 reward – and now has a host of celebrities backing him.

Jim Scott was left heartbroken when three-year-old border terrier cross Flossie vanished last September.

Ten months on from Flossie’s disappearance, Mr Scott’s appeal to trace her has been backed by Countdown’s Rachel Riley, Vera actress Brenda Blethyn and crime writer Ann Cleeves.

The famous trio all shared his online post and Mr Scott’s call for help to find her has been seen by 1.5million people.

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Mr Scott’s daughter Gill Keeley told the Northumberland Gazette: ‘He has been so upset about Flossie’s disappearance and recently asked if there was anything he could do to help, which led to the posts.

‘He’s so thrilled that his appeal has reached 1.5million people, which is 10 times more than any other post we have previously put out, and with the celebrity retweets.

Three-year-old border terrier cross Flossie vanished on a beach in Blyth, Northumberland, last September

Three-year-old border terrier cross Flossie vanished on a beach in Blyth, Northumberland, last September

Mr Scott posed with the missing poster for Flossie offering a £15,000 reward

Mr Scott posed with the missing poster for Flossie offering a £15,000 reward

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Countdown star Rachel Riley retweeted Jim Scott's appeal to trace Flossie to her nearly 700,000 followers

Countdown star Rachel Riley retweeted Jim Scott’s appeal to trace Flossie to her nearly 700,000 followers

‘His love for Flossie seems to have really touched people’s hearts.’

Flossie ran off while Mrs Keeley and her husband Nick took her for a walk on the sand dunes between Seaton Sluice and Blyth, Northumberland.

Ms Keeley said: ‘She walked off the path into bushes and we never saw her again. We had driven there, and were about 9 miles from home. 

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‘I was in a wheelchair as I had broken my leg a couple of weeks earlier. I don’t think there has been a single day when someone in this group hasn’t been doing something to find Flossie.’

In the ten months since the incident, the family have used endoscopes to search rabbit warrens in case Flossie became lost, as well as holding night vigils and search over the sand dunes.

After handing out hundreds of stickers, posters and flyers, the appeal in now reaching a larger audience. 

Mr Scott lives on his own and used to cherish seeing Flossie. Among her characteristics, she has distinctive white front paws.

Mr Scott lives on his own and used to cherish seeing Flossie. Among her characteristics, she has distinctive white front paws.

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Actress Brenda Blethyn, whose crime TV series Vera is filmed in locations around the northeast, also retweeted the appeal

Actress Brenda Blethyn, whose crime TV series Vera is filmed in locations around the northeast, also retweeted the appeal

Ms Keeley added: ‘The loss of Flossie has broken my dad’s heart and he’s always asking if she’s back yet.

‘He used to come round with treats for her and he’s absolutely devastated not knowing where she’s gone.

‘My dad’s always has dogs and feels part of his life has been taken away when Flossie went missing.’

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Mr Scott lives on his own and used to cherish seeing Flossie. Among her characteristics, she has distinctive white front paws.

To respond to the appeal, visit its Facebook or Twitter pages. 

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