In what might be a scene from a film by Alfred Hitchcock, a Chihuahua is plucked from a garden in Devon by a seagull and carried off into the blue yonder. The search continues for a little dog sorely missed by her family.
By, 22 Jul 2019
Becca Hill who lives in Paignton in South Devon has taken to social media in an effort to find her beloved dog. Yesterday (21/7/19) Ms Hill issued appeals to help find her four-year-old dog Gizmo after he was carried off in the beak of a seagull.
In an interview with Devon Live, Hill said, ‘My partner was in the garden putting the washing out at the time and suddenly he saw it swoop down. It carried Gizmo a fair way as we couldn't see him anymore.
‘I have no idea if he was dropped or where he is now.’
Hill asked Facebook followers to stay vigilant and check their gardens in case the bird had dropped the dog. Ms Hill whose six-year-old daughter was 'highly upset' lives in the Stanley Gardens area of Paignton just north of the town.
Gizmo is one of three Chihuahuas owned by Hill.
Seagull attacks on people are surprisingly regular along the Devon coastline due in part to the birds' nesting instincts and readily available food. In 2004 the BBC revealed that, 'Gull populations are expected to rise four-fold in the next decade, with an increasing number of attacks on people.'
From May 2017 East Devon county council announced that it would issue fixed penalty notices to anyone feeding seagulls.
It is rare for animals to be attacked but not unheard of. According to The Mirror, in May of 2015 a Chihuahua was attacked and killed by a flock of seagulls in the back garden of a house in Honiton, Devon.
Seagulls can be up to 2ft 6in in length with a wingspan of more than 5ft. Their proximity to people has made them fearless in some parts of the country.