Desperate search for ‘life-saving’ dog

Medical assistance dog Poppy SUS-161005-132823001
Medical assistance dog Poppy SUS-161005-132823001

A desperate search has been launched for a tiny life-saving dog that has gone missing from Shipley, near Horsham.

The dog - named Poppy - is a ‘medical assistance dog’ who has more than once saved the life of her diabetic owner Philippa Copleston-Warren by detecting a drop in Philippa’s blood sugar levels.

Little Poppy went missing at around 7.20 am yesterday morning (Monday) while she and Philippa were staying with friends at Baker’s Farm, Shipley, on the Knepp Estate.

“I let her out to do a pee and she just disappeared,” said Philippa. “We don’t know what could have happened to her. We don’t know if she was taken, or there was a kite or a buzzard around, but I think there would have been more noise if that had been the case.”

Eight-year-old Poppy has helped care for Philippa since she was a puppy and now - without Poppy at her side - Philippa needs to always have someone with her because of her medical condition.

“Poppy was one of the first medical detection dogs,” said Philippa. “It’s tough without her. Everyone loves her. She’s almost human in her way of being.”