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Paignton family 'inconsolable' after bulldog Winston found dead

By Herald Express  |  Posted: January 16, 2014

FLASHBACK: Phil Yeomans during his search for Winston

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WINSTON, the British bulldog who went missing from his Paignton home, has been found dead in a nearby pond.

Owner Phil Yeomans, of Broadpark Road, said his family were 'absolutely inconsolable' after hearing the news.

Phil said it is a mystery how Winston drowned in the shallow water.

He said: "Heartbroken is not even close to how we are feeling.

"The pond where he was found was right at the other end of our road. We had put a leaflet through the door but the owners were away on holiday.

"Obviously we had been up and down all the back gardens shouting Winston's name.

"I had paid for a private tracker dog to come down from Kent and the woman phoned to say she had arrived. Then half-an-hour later, we had a phone call from these people who have only recently moved in.

"Their house is in our street, only about 400 to 500ft away from our house.

"It is still a mystery how he died. I have not been down to see the pond. I couldn't face it.

"I want to thank everybody who helped in the search. Winston's story went all over the world — there were millions of people who shared on social media. We heard from people in Texas and Australia."

The beloved pet went missing early on Monday, December 30, sparking a huge hunt with 1,500 missing posters and a social media campaign to find him.

A £2,000 reward was offered for his safe return.

The family had spent up to 18 hours a day out looking for Winston, who was almost four years old.

On the day Winston went missing, the family had got up and found he had gone out through a dog flap and somehow escaped from the garden.

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