A PUPPY which was reported stolen from a car park at Fosse Meadows Country Park has sadly been found deceased.
Fudge, a four-month-old Cocker Spaniel, was stolen when the rear windscreen of his owner’s black Vauxhall Astra was smashed at around 9.45am on Wednesday morning (February 9). Fudge was stolen from his crate inside the car.
Picture: Leicestershire Police
After days of frantic searches by the public, and with the backing of several famous faces who shared ‘find Fudge’ posts, his body was found yesterday by a member of the public, in a wooded area of Gilmorton.
Lisa Dean, from the charity Beauty’s Legacy, which had supported the efforts to find the puppy, confirmed the news after scanning for a microchip.
His devastated owners have been informed.
Ms Dean said that she did not believe that Fudge was in the area long prior to being discovered and that he showed no signs of physical trauma.
“We currently have no idea how he ended up there,” she added.
“The family are understandably distraught, as was the member of public who discovered him and the team who worked so hard with the family throughout.”
Sergeant Jess Harper of Leicestershire Police confirmed that investigations will continue to find out what happened to the puppy.
“This is heartbreaking news and our investigation remains ongoing to establish the full circumstances and find out exactly what happened to Fudge,” she said.
“We have been speaking with Fudge’s owners who are, as expected, absolutely devastated.
“We continue to appeal to anyone who has any information to get in touch with us.
Anyone with any information should make contact quoting incident 22*79856. You can report online at www.leics.police.uk or contact 101.