A Scarborough grandmother is offering a £1,000 reward for the safe return of her missing pup.
Caroline Tarrant and her family have also put up more than 300 posters around the town and set up a Facebook page asking for any information about their Blue Staffordshire Terrier pup called Gracie.
“Maybe someone’s found her and doesn’t realise she’s been lost,” said the grandmother-of-three.
“I’m heartbroken. I watched her being born. There are so many dog-lovers out and the response has been amazing. There are people who we don’t even know who’ve been walking the streets looking for her. But we just want her back. There are three grandchildren that are especially missing her.”
Gracie was eight months old when she went missing on North Bay sands on November 25 last year. Mrs Tarrant believes she may have been spooked by the sound of the sea because it was her first time on the beach.
She said: “It was just getting dusk and with her being grey it made her hard to see. We think she ran up the steps towards the North Marine Road area. She was gone in 60 seconds. She couldn’t have known her way back home as we’d come out in the car that day.”
Since starting her campaign, Mrs Tarrant has received hundreds of phone calls, including one from an old lady who thought she’d found Gracie on a website for lost pets, and another from a woman advising her to see a psychic.
The day after Gracie went missing, a woman called to report a possible sighting near Morrison’s at Eastfield, which led Mrs Tarrant to believe a lorry driver could have picked her up and taken her out of town.
Gracie is chipped and was wearing a collar showing Mrs Tarrant’s phone number at the time of her disappearance.
She has distinctive white paws on her front right and back left legs.
The money is being offered for any information leading to the safe return of Gracie. Anyone with information is asked to call Mrs Tarrant on 07718 123705.