More searches for pair of dogs

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Concerned people turned out for the fourth day in a row yesterday to continue to search for two greyhound dogs rumoured to have been thrown out of a van on the A43 near Broughton.

Volunteers have been turning out daily since the incident was reported to police on December 30.

The two dogs were reportedly tied together with rope and thrown from a moving van at about 3pm on December 30. One dog is believed to have only three legs.

Searches have been carried out in several areas, including Broughton, Mawsley, Orlingbury and Sywell.

Volunteers turned their attentions to searching in Desborough for a second time yesterday after visiting the area on Sunday following an unconfirmed sighting.

Brian Lowe, of Daventry, who was out searching yesterday, said: “On Saturday a woman in Desborough said she saw two greyhounds and one of them was in a bad way and she reported that to the garage in Desborough.”

Mr Lowe said he got involved in the searches after reading about it on social networking website Facebook and said he thought it was “disgusting” that the two dogs had been dumped.

His wife Sue added: “We just wanted to do what we could to come and help.

“On Sunday we searched all round the Broughton area and walked from Pytchley to Broughton and searched the bridleway and hedges.

“I just thought what had happened was shocking and wanted to do something to come and find them.”

Tara Caudell, of Broughton, also turned out to help search yesterday. She said: “I heard about it on Facebook. I think it’s shocking and sickening.

“There is a lot of people who wanted to help, the support has gone nationwide, there seems to be more people every day.

“Even if it’s an hour at a time it’s still something somebody can do.”

Irthlingborough charity Northamptonshire Animals Needing Nurturing and Adoption (Nanna) has been co-ordinating the search efforts.

A Facebook group dedicated to the search for the dogs has attracted more than 800 members. Volunteers have also been printing and distributing leaflets locally.