KENNY, the smooth-haired chihuahua with an eating disorder, has gone missing from an animal sanctuary, prompting staff to launch a campaign to find him.
Workers at Leavenheath Sesaw are desperate to find Kenny because he needs frequent veterinary care and his friend, another dog called Penny, is pining for him.
Posters carrying Kenny’s picture and appealing for any information on the missing pooch have been put up in villages around Leavenheath where the three-year-old dog, described as having a big character despite his diminutive size, gave staff the slip on Tuesday afternoon. A reward is being offered for his safe return.
Kenny had been at the animal centre for about a year because his owner had not been able to get him to eat properly.
Maggie Jackaman, who runs Sesaw from her home in Stoke Road, has adopted him as her own dog.
“When Kenny came in, Penny took him under her wing and she treats him like her puppy,” said Sesaw secretary Pat Ferdinando.
“Since he went, she’s hardly moved and is really missing him. I don’t know where he could be as, usually, if anyone finds any strays around here they bring them here. We are worried about him.”
Pat said Kenny was a firm favourite at Sesaw. “He is a lovely little character,” she said. “He doesn’t know he’s a small dog, he thinks he is a big dog.
“I know he was a nervous little bundle and Maggie had terrible trouble getting him to eat anything at all.
“But he’s got better and better, although he does still have an eating disorder and he needs frequent care. We’re very worried about him as he’s been missing for so long.”
Sesaw, which stands for the Suffolk and Essex Small Animal Welfare charity, cares for a wide variety of animals, including cats, dogs, rabbits and wild and domestic fowl and pasture animals until new owners are found and, if they cannot be re-homed due to age or health problems, they are fostered or become permanent Sesaw residents.
One recent success story is Minty the lamb, who has been rehomed on a local farm. Minty made a feature appearance at the centre’s recent fundraising fair and took centre-stage at the event’s dog show
Despite the weather, the annual fete raised more than £4,000.
“We would like to thank everyone who attended the fete and helped achieve such a wonderful sum which will go towards reroofing kennels and catteries before the winter,” added Pat.
q Sesaw staff would like anyone who has seen Kenny to call 01787 210888 or text 07881 785535.