Specialist trackers join in search for missing guide dog Tess

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Wednesday September 3 2014

Specialist trackers have joined the search for a guide dog which has been missing for more than a month.

Tess disappeared after a walk with her owner, Fraser Stevenson, near the Old Cemetery in Nairn in the Highlands on July 23.

It is thought she may have been taken in by a member of the public.

A pair of dog tracking experts are now attempting to trace Tess using items the retriever came into contact with before her disappearance.

Guide Dogs Scotland's Niall Foley has helped co-ordinate the search.

He said: "Over the weekend we have been working with specialists to try to find Tess in the areas around Forres where we have had multiple reported sightings of her.

"As we continue to work with the team this week, we would still ask that our supporters do not try and actively search for her themselves to help keep the area as quiet as possible."

“We also ask that anyone who thinks they may have seen Tess does not approach the dog directly, to avoid a startled reaction.

"We are of course still extremely grateful for any updates or information that could help our team to find Tess and we encourage those with any information to call us on 0800 6888 409."

Retailer Pets at Home have announced a £1000 reward for information which leads to the return of Tess.

To ensure the reward does not encourage anyone to take dogs for financial gain in future, the money will be donated to Guide Dogs.

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