Hunt for missing dog last spotted on train station tracks at Broadstairs

Teddy has been spotted by the rail tracks

An appeal has been made for help to find a miniature poodle who bolted while being walked in a Broadstairs park on Monday (September 13).

Owner Louise Harrop took Teddy to Broadstairs Memorial Rec for an afternoon walk but he bolted.

He was spotted running back into the park some three hours later, at around 4pm, but despite a search by Louise and volunteers from the Missing Dogs and Strays Thanet group was not found.

His blanket has been left in bushes at the park in the hopes of coaxing him back to the spot.

Laura Sullivan, from the Missing Dogs group, said: “The next day he was seen at 7am again running around the roads by the park but he was chased and ended up on the platform on Broadstairs Railway Station where he ran off the end, straight onto the tracks and was hiding in bushes.

“We think he was being called so he then disappeared and was sighted at Dane Valley by a train driver around 9am and then back at Broadstairs station on the tracks around 10am.

“A woman at the station called him and he was lost again. We did evening searchers around the area. Today (September 16) someone heard barking at Dumpton Park Station and a lady was overhead talking on the train about sighting a small black dog the size of a cat on the tracks. This lady hasn’t come forward and we ask that she does as she could have been talking about Teddy or actually seen him.

“Louise left scent items and food at Dumpton Park and we put a wildlife camera up but sadly the food was untouched and the camera only picked up the trains. There have been no sightings of Teddy since the official confirmed one on the Broadstairs station tracks. “Workers from the rail service have walked the track with equipment but have been unable to find Teddy, and are waiting on another sighting. Train drivers are also aware and are slowing in the areas.”

People who spot Teddy are asked not to call or attempt to grab him but to report the sighting by calling 07921 170 698 or message the Missing Dogs and Strays Thanet page on facebook.


  1. Our neighbours dog was spooked by one of the many cars going past with machine gun banging coming from their exhaust pipes. It ran away and hid in bushes. Luckily they were able to get him back later in the night when the streets became quieter. I don’t know if this was the reason why Teddy ran but the police need to clamp down hard on all the excessive banging noises from cars and bikes.

    • Phyllis Quot you need to understand a dog doesn’t need to be on a lead when in a park.
      Would you take your pet to a communal park and keep it on a lead??
      I hope your pet turns up soon I live nearby so will keep my eyes open for Teddy.

    • Most dog owners have zero responsibility-let their dogs crap everywhere, don’t pick it up & it is somebody else’s problem. Dog barks all day driving the neighbours mad while they are out, because they are too lazy to train them properly-not their problem. Dog attacks sheep etc because not on a lead-not their problem. Dog in park attacks other dog because not on a lead or muzzled-not their problem. Only a problem when this happens or they get stolen.

      Read this past week that most people who got a dog during lockdown now want to get rid of them-obviously the selfish chumps got them because they were bored or lonely, just like the posers who get huge dogs to look hard.

  2. My husband made a very long extension lead for our dog, so that she could run reasonably freely whilst still under control. I believe dogs should be kept on a lead at all times when outside; all it takes is for a dog to see a cat or another dog, for it to bolt across a busy road, or a sudden bang from an exhaust to spook it. It’s no good for people to claim their dog is good when off the lead, but what if….?

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