Dog lovers in Hillingdon are desperately trying to find the owner of a stray dog before it is put down by police.

The red and white coloured Staffordshire bull terrier cross was found wandering in Cowley Recreation Ground on March 11, with no tags and no microchip.

It is suspected to be a pit bull type, which is banned under UK law, and has been in a Metropolitan Police kennel since it was discovered.

The case has been picked up by specialist dog law firm Parry Welch Lacey (PWL), which this week warned that the dog could soon be euthanised unless its owner comes forward.

The news has prompted a social media campaign to track down the owner under the hashtag #Hillingdonboy.

There is also support coming from volunteers for website who have put up posters in the area.

The situation became desperate on Thursday (April 6), when PWL said it was yet to hear from the dog’s owner or anyone who had been in control of him at some point.

There was a glimmer of hope on Friday morning, when PWL said it had been contacted by the original owner of the dog.

A large social media search is under way to find the owner of this stray Staffordshire bull terrier cross, using the hashtag #HillingdonBoy
A large social media search is under way to find the owner of this stray Staffordshire bull terrier cross, using the hashtag #HillingdonBoy

But the firm later realised that person was the owner of another dog, also thought to be prohibited, with very similar markings which had also strayed and was being looked after by a different police force.

“This means we have not been able to trace the owner of the Hillingdon dog and we have been told that it is likely the dog will be put to sleep by the end of the day,” PWL said on its Facebook page.

“We are grateful to everyone for their efforts in trying to trace the owner of the dog in this case.

“As much as we would like to achieve a successful outcome in every case, that is not always possible.”

By Friday evening, PWL said several people had come forward claiming to be the dog’s owner and had been put in touch with police so their claims could be assessed.

“We have had many enquiries this afternoon about why the Hillingdon dog cannot go to a rescue or be adopted by someone else,” the firm added.

“Unfortunately, the dog is said to be a prohibited dog and therefore police believe he can only be returned to his owner. Without an owner we cannot challenge (pit bull) type.”

A post on one of the Facebook groups co-ordinating searches for the dog claimed police had confirmed it was still alive at 11am on Saturday (April 8), but was “booked to be put to sleep” after potential leads had failed.

The same commenter said there was a new lead, after reports that a man in his early 20s had until recently been seen walking a dog matching the stray’s description in the Swan Road area of West Drayton .

Another group claimed in a tweet on Saturday morning that those involved in the search had until Monday morning to locate the dog’s owner.

Anyone with information about the stray dog is asked to contact volunteers from immediately on 0344 482 8300.

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