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‘Heartbroken’: Missing cancer support dog last seen in Romford

PUBLISHED: 17:29 29 June 2018 | UPDATED: 17:37 29 June 2018

Kemo, a cancer support dog that went missing in February was last seen in Rom Valley Way, Romford. Picture: Debra Hall

Kemo, a cancer support dog that went missing in February was last seen in Rom Valley Way, Romford. Picture: Debra Hall

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The heartbroken owners of a missing cancer support dog are appealing for Havering residents to join the search after he was last spotted in Romford.

Olly with his cancer support dog that has gone missing and was last seen in Rom Valley Way, Romford. Picture: Debra HallOlly with his cancer support dog that has gone missing and was last seen in Rom Valley Way, Romford. Picture: Debra Hall

Debra Hall, 54, from Bedford bought Kemo, a cancer support dog for her husband, Roland (Olly) Hall, 62, when he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma cancer in 2016.

While on a walk in Cotteo End, Bedford on February 8, Kemo became lost after he saw a rabbit and chased after it.

Debra told the Recorder: “We have had drones and trackers out there and game keepers from the nearby farm have been out there looking.

“We believe that he was picked up on the main road and then taken, so we’re constantly searching.

Kemo, a cancer support dog that went missing in February was last seen in Rom Valley Way, Romford. Picture: Debra HallKemo, a cancer support dog that went missing in February was last seen in Rom Valley Way, Romford. Picture: Debra Hall

“I got Kemo when Olly started chemotherapy, when we were in such a bad place.

“That’s why I named him Kemo - after the medication that saved Olly’s life.”

Kemo is micro-chipped and neutered.

He is described as having a white coat with very distinctive black markings all over his face and body and a black band at the base of his tail.

Tracey O’Neill. 53, from Dagenham spotted Kemo near Queen’s Hospital, Rom Valley Way and now his owners are calling for help from residents in the area to keep a look out for their two-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier.

She said: “We just need to get the message out there. Kemo helps give moral support to his owner.

“Everybody is looking out for him, and if anyone does see him they need to get in touch.”

Olly and Debra have had Kemo since he was 11-weeks-old and he will be three this November.

They believe he is still alive, as they constantly check vets for any reports of dogs that have been discovered with his micro-chip.

Debra added: “We’re heartbroken, we’re just trying everything. We have been in the local news and on the radio.

“We have done everything for him we possibly can and we won’t give up, because I do believe he’s still alive and someone has him.”

There is a substantial reward for Kemo’s safe return and Debra encourages anyone who has any information to get in touch or call a vet if they want to provide information anonymously.

If you think you have spotted or found Kemo, call 07923 989 976 or 07596 365 564.

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