Owner of dog lost in Hatfield distressed after receiving cruel prank calls
PUBLISHED: 12:13 06 March 2017 | UPDATED: 12:13 06 March 2017
A Hatfield man whose dog went missing is finding the ordeal even more distressing after receiving prank calls from children and an adult threatening to ‘batter’ his dog.
Dean Mills, 52, of Hatfield, was walking his two Collie cross brown and white dogs on Saturday, January 21, on a grass verge near the Galleria when Buddy went under some bushes and disappeared.
Since then, Dean and his family have created a Facebook page which has a post reach of 60,000 people and the family have put up posters across Welwyn Hatfield.
But Dean has received distressing prank calls that have got his hopes up.
Dean said: “The first prank call was about a week ago or two.
“A man called and at first I couldn’t tell but he was putting on an old English accent, he sounded like he was trying to be a army sergeant or something.
“He said he had seen Buddy. This was the first time that somebody had called me saying that they had seen Buddy so I got super excited and I had so much hope.
“Then he progressed and said that Buddy had been messing all over his garden and it continued to happen he said he would batter Buddy with a shovel.”
The anonymous caller then hung up and Dean realised it was a hoax.
He said: “The problem is I really got my hopes up. I was so thankful at first that this man had called to say he’d seen Buddy and then when I realised it was a joke I lost all hope again.”
Dean received a second prank call during the school half term break.
He told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “I received a call from an unknown number so I answered and two children were telling me that they had spotted Buddy in a park.
“They asked what they should do, so I told them just to keep an eye on him and that I’d come straight over.
“I hung up and a minute later a woman called me and told me not to waste my time by coming down.
“She said the two children were laughing and messing around as they did it.”
Dean sent the children a text saying that he was going to pass on their number to the police.
Dean, who has had Buddy since he got him and his sister Bella as puppies, added: “They instantly texted back saying that they were sorry and that they would do anything to help me find Buddy.
“Kids will be kids. I know those kids were sorry but kids have to understand that some things are sensitive.”
A Hertfordshire Constabulary spokesperson said: “We could investigate a prank call as a telecoms offence if it is deemed to be of a malicious nature.
“Anyone who feels threatened or distressed after receiving a prank call should report it to us via our non-emergency number 101.”
Buddy, who is still missing, is 10 years old and was wearing a blue collar when he went missing.
If anyone sees or knows where Buddy is, call Dean on 07899904050.
Alternatively you can take Buddy into any local vets or Pets at Home because the canine is chipped.
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