A SIXTH dog is said to have vanished from the car of dog-sitter Louise Lawford after distraught owners were told their pets had died.
Ms Lawford has been accused of lying after she set the pets ran off in terror when a gunshot was fired as she walked them in Tamworth, Staffs.
Missing dogs Pablo, Maggie, Ralph, Jack and Charlie, who vanished on June 23, were confirmed to have died when their owners were contacted by police.
It has now emerged a sixth dog – Freddie the pug – whose was owned by Ms Lawford’s son is also dead.
Her father-in-law Peter Oddy told Mail Online: “Freddie is the sixth dog involved.
“He belonged to one of the grandchildren. It’s a terrible situation and our hearts go out to the other dog owners.”
Charity Dogs Lost said: “Sadly, on Monday 29th July, the families received confirmation that their beautiful dogs, and a sixth dog, Freddie are no longer alive.
“No further details can be given at this time as there continues to be an ongoing police investigation.”
SUSPICIONS AFTER DOGS DISAPPEARED
Last month, Louise Lawford claimed five mutts she was walking for three owners ran off when spooked by gunshots in woods near Tamworth, Staffs.
But suspicions grew when she did not take owners’ calls and left her home.
In a Facebook post Becky, of Erdington, Birmingham, mourned the loss of her eight-year-old pug Pablo and Jack Russell Maggie, six.
She wrote: “My heart is shattered. My beautiful irreplaceable babies are never coming home.
“It’s taken five weeks to get the truth. Five weeks of torture and agony.”
GAVE FALSE HOPE
In a blast at Ms Lawford she added: “You let us think they were out there for weeks on end.
“You let us have false hope. You let hundreds of people join us in a desperate search.
“You let the army be deployed to the area you say they were lost. You let our dogs die.
“Our lives will never be the same, we will never forgive you, we will get justice.
“She didn’t even tell her family and has put them through hell running away and hiding . . . going on holiday while everyone suffered and searched.”
‘MY HEART IS SHATTERED’
The other dead dogs were pugs Charlie, three, and Ralph, five, and French bulldog Brindle Jack, 18 months.
April Lock, 28, of Sutton Coldfield, said she had been told by police not to reveal the details of how her “darling boys” Ralph and Charlie had died.
In a post she spoke for the three owners and said: “Our babies didn’t deserve this.”
She wrote of Ralph: “Without you, life just is not ever going to be the same.
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“I just have no words . . . I can’t even come close to explaining the pain.”
West Midlands Police said: “Inquiries into the circumstances surrounding the disappearance of a number of dogs that allegedly went missing under the care of a Birmingham-based sitter are continuing. To date, none of the pets have been found.”
Ms Lawford was unavailable for comment.