Heartbroken owner of Gizmo says she hasn't given up hope of finding him – but expert warns seagull could have swallowed pet WHOLE

THE owner of Gizmo the chihuahua says she hasn't given up hope of finding her beloved pet alive – as one expert warned a seagull may have swallowed him WHOLE.

It’s now been nearly a month since the tiny four-year-old dog was apparently taken from the back garden of devastated shop worker Rebecca Hill’s home.

And despite a widespread leaflet campaign as well as reports from a psychic that Gizmo was alive and living in a garden with a water feature, there has been no sign of him.

The Sun has even offered a £5,000 reward in a bid to find the missing mutt following reports he was taken by a huge bird.

Rebecca, 24, from Paignton, south Devon, said: “I won’t give up looking for Gizmo. He’s my baby and we just want to find out what has happened to him.

“As time goes on you have to be realistic and prepare yourself for the worst but I’m still hopeful that he’s alive somewhere.

“I know just what a seagull is capable of doing with something the size of Gizmo and I can’t bring myself to think about that.”

However, Peter Rock, the country’s leading expert on urban seagulls, said: “If they can get something down their throats then they will eat it.

"I’ve heard of pigeons and rabbits being eaten whole and they are capable of pulling them apart.

“Given the chance they will eat anything and this poor dog sound about the size of a rabbit but I do hope she gets him back.”


THE Sun has put up a £5,000 reward to find Gizmo, the chihuahua snatched by a seagull.

Owner Rebecca Hill, of Paignton, Devon, said: “I’m sure with The Sun’s help someone will find him.”

For full terms and ­conditions, please see thesun.co.uk/gizmo.

  • DO you know where Gizmo is? Call The Sun on 020 7782 4104, text or WhatsApp 07423 720 250, or email [email protected]

Rebecca added: “I’m really grateful to The Sun for their campaign and to people who have been ringing in trying to help.”

An office worker thought that she had found what looked like the lower leg of a dog on the roof of the building where she worked in Totnes.

But after a detailed examination by two vets they both agreed the limb came from a rabbit and not a dog.

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