A HUNT is under way for a frightened rescue dog who broke away from his new owner two weeks ago.
Prince, a 28-month-old Belgian Shepherd, was being walked by Lisa Carthy near the rugby field in Crow Nest Park, Dewsbury on March 30.
He broke his collar and fled towards Huddersfield Road at around 3pm.
Lisa, of Westtown, had only had Prince for five weeks and was still socialising him after a life of apparent neglect.
Prince may have been picked up by someone in a car, as within an hour a dog matching his description was seen wandering around Brighouse.
Lisa and friends Katrina Widdop, Kirstie Oliver and Chantel Gill are trying to find him.
They have set up a Facebook group and also enlisted the help of missing pet charity Murphy’s Army.
Further sightings were made in Rastrick and Elland, while last Sunday a dog similar to Prince was seen in Kirkheaton.
Katrina said: “We think he could’ve been picked up and dumped because of the timescale.
“He couldn’t have got to Brighouse on his own in that time – and you do wonder about dog fighters because a lot of that does go on.
“Or maybe somebody tried to take him in and he’s snapped at them and they’ve thought ‘sod that’.”
Prince, tan in colour and very nervous, may have been mistreated by previous owners.
He was underweight when Lisa took him on and while there were no signs of physical abuse his demeanour suggests he had been tormented.
Katrina said: “We’ve traced him back to kennels at five months old, where he was with his siblings.
“But we don’t know his full history and we’re still trying to find out about his background.”
Information can be posted on the Help Find Prince The Brighouse Stray Facebook page or call Katrina on 07471 652005.