Nurses help look for missing dog Cracker

Nurses at a Norfolk hospital completed their shifts last night and walked the streets in search of a missing Labrador called cracker.And last night the RSPCA appealed for the public's help in the search for Cracker who was left in a car parked in a side street on the edge of Lynn town centre while its elderly owner went late night shopping.

A Christmas search was under way in King's Lynn last night for a missing labrador dog called Cracker.

Even nurses completing their shifts at the town's Queen Elizabeth Hospital joined the hunt by walking the streets in a bid to find a car in which Cracker was believed to be locked.

The RSPCA appealed for the public's help in the search for the seven-year-old dog which was left in a car originally believed to be parked in a side street on the edge of Lynn town centre while its elderly owner went late night shopping on Thursday

The car was found parked in Queen Mary Road, Gaywood, but the dog was nowhere to be seen. Residents of the road said the vehicle had been there for some time.


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The dog's owner, who comes from March in Cambridgeshire and who has not been named, suffered a memory lapse and was found wandering the streets before being taken to the Queen Elizabeth.

As his memory slowly returned, he told nursing staff about his lost dog and the RSPCA was informed and launched a search.

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RSPCA regional inspector Tim Wass admitted the story sounded like a hoax, but extensive checks had been made to establish it was genuine.

The man's neighbours have been contacted and they have confirmed that the man has a Labrador dog called Cracker.

Insp Wass said: “We have checked out to the nth degree the facts and we are sure it is not a hoax and we are desperately searching for Cracker. It is definitely a real situation because the details are so unusual that you couldn't make it up.”

Traffic wardens and police beat officers have been briefed and nurses at the Queen Elizabeth who had heard about Cracker's plight from the patient earlier in the day were among those helping in the search.

Insp Wass explained that the dog would probably be able to cope with the cold temperatures because of its body temperature and being covered with fur. And it could go without food and water for three or four days.

t The RSPCA issued an emergency number - 0300 1234 999 - for anyone finding the dog or knowing anything about its whereabouts.

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