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Hunt continues for chihuahua 'snatched by seagull' after vets examine leg bone; A seagull is said to have snatched Gizmo the dog from a garden in Paignton, Devon, leaving his owner Rebecca Hill heartbroken.

Byline: Matthew Dresch

A leg bone that was found in the hunt for a missing chihuahua nabbed by a seagull actually belongs to a rabbit, experts claim.

Gizmo the dog has been missing for more than a week after a crafty seagull plucked him out of his owner's garden in Paignton, Devon.

Fears were raised about the fate of the pooch after a bone was discovered in the area, however vets have now confirmed that it is not Gizmo's leg.

Owner Rebecca Hill, 24, was relieved to hear that her chihuahua may still be out there, although she is still heartbroken over his disappearance.

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The Sun first published a picture of the leg bone after dog walker Natalie Williams found the remains and contacted the newspaper.

Vet Hayley Pfeffer toldThe Sun: "I can confirm it's not a dog's foot and more than likely that of a rabbit."

Her colleague Ad Viljoen added: "This is not a canine foot. The claws are that of a rabbit and there are hairs between the toes where a dog would have pads."

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The leg was found in Totnes, six miles from Miss Hill's property, on a roof which seagulls have been using as their home "for months".

Ms Williams said she saw the 'mammal's leg' by a fire escape and immediately though it belonged to Gizmo, who was snatched on July 21.

Miss Hill was initially too shocked to comment on the discovery, according to reports.

She had previously a psychic's vision that Gizmo was alive and well 'in a garden with a water feature'.


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Rebecca Hill is desperate to find her missing pooch

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A seagull swooped down into Miss Hill's garden and made off with her pet

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A leg bone thought to belong to Gizmo is actually from a rabbit

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A psychic previously said Gizmo was 'in a garden with a water feature'

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Publication:Daily Mirror (London, England)
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Date:Jul 29, 2019
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