A mother-of-five is making a plea to the new owners of her lost family pet: “Please can I have my dog back?”

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Pet dog Rocko went missing from his home in Lakenham in March.

Unknown to his desperate owner he was handed in to Broadland District Council and rehomed – and now owner Deborah Parrott cannot be reunited with her beloved dog.

The 46-year-old mother and grandmother is praying for his return, and said: “He’s such a clever dog, we miss him every day – the house isn’t the same without him.”

The German shepherd/rottweiler cross went missing on March 18 when he escaped from the garden at his Lakenham home. Ms Parrott and her son Lee, 16, said they reported him missing to Norwich City Council and the RSPCA on Barrack Street.

Six weeks later, after almost losing hope, Ms Parrott’s son placed an advert online on classified advert site Gumtree, asking if anyone had seen Rocko.

Ms Parrott was contacted by a woman who recognised Rocko’s picture. She had found him and taken him to Pets at Home in Sprowston.

A spokesman from Broadland District Council said the authority had received a call on March 18 to say a dog had been found, but as he was not microchipped and could not be identified, he was taken to the council’s contractor’s kennels before being rehomed after seven days.

The spokesman added: “If anyone calls Broadland District Council reporting a lost dog, we always recommend they call all local councils in the area.”

Broadland council will not pass on the details of the kennels to Ms Parrott, and so she contacted the Norwich Evening News to see if a public appeal could win her pet back.

Ms Parrott, who is mum to Dillon, 21, Gavin, 19, Lee, 16, Scott, 10, and Steve, eight, said Rocko was missed by all the family, especially her younger boy, Steve who loves it when Rocko comes with her to pick him up from school, and added: “I’d like the owners to please get in contact with me, they need to know that my dog has a home.

“I wouldn’t go through all this if he wasn’t important to me, I just want to let them know why it has taken so long for me to find out where he is.

“I have a sore hip, and taking Rocko for walks helps me to get the exercise I need, I know him inside out and people always say what a lovely dog he is.

Ms Parrott, who was saving up for a microchip, said Rocko’s tag must have come off before he was found.

“I didn’t think I needed a microchip until recently,” she added, “he always stayed close to me and didn’t stray far.”

Ms Parrott has had Rocko for six years, from a puppy, and said: “I trained him - I know his personality, I know that he cries when he hears an ambulance, and he says please and thank you when you feed him.

“I’m not angry with the new owners, I just want them to know the whole situation so we can get something sorted so that Rocko can come home.”

Under the Environmental Protection Act 1990, the Council is only legally required to keep a dog for seven days before they can find it another home.

Counciller John Fisher, portfolio holder for environmental excellence, said: “If this dog had a tag and/or chip, it could have been identified straight away by either the person who found it or Pets at Home and returned to its owner.

“We are very sorry to hear that this resident could not be reunited with her dog, and would urge all owners to bear in mind the heartache and expense which can be saved by a simple chip or tag for your dog’s collar.”

If you know where Rocko is please call 07501 481521 or email newsdesk@archant.co.uk

Help find missing Rocko. Spread the word by using #findrocko on Twitter.

8 comments

  • He should have been chipped, why had the owner not done this in the beginning? If she could not afford it she should not have had a dog, getting it chipped costs very little, it is only done once! What would she do if she had a vet bill, does she have to "save up" every time he needed worming etc. or perhaps that did not get done? Hope the new owner keeps the dog and that he is very happy and now chipped, if he had been happy where he was he would not have left home.

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    Lynda

    Friday, May 10, 2013

  • Hold on a second, saving up to get him chipped?? So six years old..... That's 0.0045 pence per day for 2190 days to achieve the extortionate £10 that it costs to get your dog chipped at pets at home.........I have no doubt he is a munched missed and much loved dog, but a) he was not chipped and b) he escaped! I think the council should actually be praised for so swiftly and effectively finding rocko and rehoming him. It's a shame not everything else is so well organised.

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    ad1

    Thursday, May 9, 2013

  • This dog should have been much more securely held, it is of great concern that a potentially dangerous dog is loose and could attack children, there have been far to many dog attacks recently

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    blister

    Thursday, May 9, 2013

  • Hold on a second, saving up to get him chipped?? So six years old..... That's 0.0045 pence per day for 2190 days to achieve the extortionate £10 that it costs to get your dog chipped at pets at home.........I have no doubt he is a munched missed and much loved dog, but a) he was not chipped and b) he escaped! I think the council should actually be praised for so swiftly and effectively finding rocko and rehoming him. It's a shame not everything else is so well organised.

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    ad1

    Thursday, May 9, 2013

  • Hold on a second, saving up to get him chipped?? So six years old..... That's 0.0045 pence per day for 2190 days to achieve the extortionate £10 that it costs to get your dog chipped at pets at home.........I have no doubt he is a munched missed and much loved dog, but a) he was not chipped and b) he escaped! I think the council should actually be praised for so swiftly and effectively finding rocko and rehoming him. It's a shame not everything else is so well organised.

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    ad1

    Thursday, May 9, 2013

  • Hold on a second, saving up to get him chipped?? So six years old..... That's 0.0045 pence per day for 2190 days to achieve the extortionate £10 that it costs to get your dog chipped at pets at home.........I have no doubt he is a munched missed and much loved dog, but a) he was not chipped and b) he escaped! I think the council should actually be praised for so swiftly and effectively finding rocko and rehoming him. It's a shame not everything else is so well organised.

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    ad1

    Thursday, May 9, 2013

  • I am no apologist for dog owners and of course dogs should be chipped but they can accidentally escape and many people are finding their dogs are being stolen from their gardens in East Anglia and released when found to be of no value to the thieves. The law is an ass on the matter of dogs. With so many " voluntary animal welfare" groups in the region, when a dog is missing it is a nightmare for owners trying to find where it may have been taken and hoping a chip will still be readable or a collar still on.We saw this a while back in the EDP with a pedigree spaniel which was rehomed and the owner could not get it back .When a pedigree dog can be worth £500 or more if a trained gundog or with a good bloodline it is patently absurd that if someone can prove ownership that they cannot claim the dog even if it has been rehomed. If I lost a wallet containing £500 or a piece of jewellery or even a bike I would not expect the council or police to give it away and say tough luck. A finders fee should be paid but there should be no question of a family pet or valuable dog being kept by someone else.

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    Daisy Roots

    Thursday, May 9, 2013

  • I am no apologist for dog owners and of course dogs should be chipped but they can accidentally escape and many people are finding their dogs are being stolen from their gardens in East Anglia and released when found to be of no value to the thieves. The law is an *ss on the matter of dogs. With so many " voluntary animal welfare" groups in the region, when a dog is missing it is a nightmare for owners trying to find where it may have been taken and hoping a chip will still be readable or a collar still on.We saw this a while back in the EDP with a pedigree spaniel which was rehomed and the owner could not get it back .When a pedigree dog can be worth £500 or more if a trained gundog or with a good bloodline it is patently absurd that if someone can prove ownership that they cannot claim the dog even if it has been rehomed. If I lost a wallet containing £500 or a piece of jewellery or even a bike I would not expect the council or police to give it away and say tough luck. A finders fee should be paid but there should be no question of a family pet or valuable dog being kept by someone else.

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    Daisy Roots

    Thursday, May 9, 2013

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