THE owner of a black Labrador who has been missing since last Thursday are appealing for help to find her.
The seven-year-old female, called Molly, pictured, went missing after being hit by a car last Thursday in the Ball Haye area of Leek.
However, owner Laura Billings was feeling optimistic yesterday after two sightings of her beloved family dog were reported to her.
Mum-of-one Laura said: “I had two phone calls last night of reports that she has been spotted in the Thorncliffe area, once on Saturday and another last night.
She has apparently been running in between farms.
“We will be going up in that area today to see if we can find her.” Laura explained that a friend had been walking Molly last Thursday when she got loose. She said: “Something must have startled Molly, maybe a firework, as she suddenly ran off.
“I found out later that she had been hit by a car and then ran off.” Mum-of-one Deb Buxton, who lives in Leek, witnessed Molly being hit by a car.
She said: “It was on Ball Haye Road. I saw the black Labrador being hit by a red car. She yelped out in pain but then got herself up and ran off down Ball Haye. The driver did stop and was obviously shocked. I went looking to see if I could find the dog but it had gone.” Laura and her partner Mark Ballard have been out every night looking for Molly. She said: “I am surprised the police haven’t been round to see us about us stalking the streets so much.
“We have put posters up and also asked on Facebook if anyone has seen her. Molly is a friendly dog and won't bite. But she is a bit timid with complete strangers.
“She is a much loved dog and my 10-year-old daughter Claire has been very upset that Molly is missing.
“I am feeling optimistic that Molly is okay due to the sightings and that she has been spotted in the fields where we normally go for walks.” Laura and Mark are offering a reward for the safe return of Molly.
Anyone who has seen Molly is asked to call Laura on 07789 357808.