Desperate search launched after dog snatched from owner’s garden by swooping seagull

A seagull swooped and lifted Gizmo the chihuahua (Pictures: PA)

The owner of a dog is desperately seeking its safe return after it was snatched from her garden by a swooping seagull.

Gizmo the chihuahua was grabbed by the bird from a garden in Paignton, Devon, on Sunday.

His owner, Becca Hill, 24, is hoping four-year-old Gizmo will be found alive.

Gizmo was lifted out of his owner's garden in Devon (Picture: PA)

“My partner was in the garden putting the washing out at the time and suddenly he saw it swoop down,” she told the Devon Live website.

“It carried Gizmo a fair way as we couldn’t see him any more.

“I have no idea if he was dropped or where he is now.”

She also posted about Gizmo on Facebook.

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She wrote: “Please, please, please, anyone finds a chihuahua he’s mine, a seagull took him from my garden.”

Ms Hill said her six-year-old daughter is “really upset” and “missing her dog”.

Gizmo the chihuahua is missing (Picture: PA)

Fortunately, the child did not witness Gizmo being taken away.

Anyone with information on where Gizmo is asked to call 07774724797 or email admin@doglost.co.uk.

Ornithologist Peter Rock from the University of Bristol, told the BBC that seagulls are capable of lifting small animals.

"If you have a very tiny little dog I suggest you don't let it run around in your back garden,” he said. “It may well become a meal."

Tony Whitehead from the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) said it was a “rare thing to happen to a dog”, but advised pet owners to look out for their animals.

An RSPB spokesman said: "This must be extremely upsetting for the dog's owner. Fortunately these types of incidents are very rare and not typical gull behaviour."

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