Last boarding call for runaway pet

PUBLISHED : Monday, 12 April, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 12 April, 2010, 12:00am

Dozens of animal lovers scoured the hills of Lantau over the weekend in the search for a dog who bolted from his cage outside the airport's cargo terminal as a pet relocation company tried to fly him to Britain.

Three-year-old German shepherd-cross Jay has been on the run since April 1 when he gave Relopet employees the slip after they opened his cage to give him a toy bone in the terminal's public car park as he was on his way to board a flight to London.

Owner Claire Buckley has postponed her return to London and searched hillsides around the airport for up to 12 hours a day for her pet. Two sightings of Jay near oil tanks about one kilometre from the airport were yesterday reported to Buckley, whose friends have offered a HK$50,000 reward for Jay's return.

'We had about 50 people looking on the east shore from Tung Chung and the west shore towards Discovery Bay,' said Buckley, who has even consulted an animal psychic to try to find Jay.

'We have had people hiking up in the hills, and we have had people out on bikes in Tung Chung and around the villages. We even had a nine-year-old girl in Discovery Bay who said she would go out and look for him in case he tried to come home.

'It all helps and I am just grateful everyone knows he is out there and needs to be helped to get back home.'

Buckley, who adopted Jay from an animal rescue charity 18 months ago, is moving back to London in her work as a banking IT executive.

'I am probably going to stay for another week and then I really have to get going,' she said. Anyone who thinks they may have seen Jay should call Ali Bullock on 9687 6123.