A dog’s body has been found in the search for missing Luckie.
The dog was found earlier this week near Brierdene, in Whitley Bay – eight miles from where Luckie disappeared in December.
Unfortunately volunteers involved in the search for missing cocker spaniel Luckie have been unable to identify the dog as the body was so decomposed.
Investigations are now being carried, with a pathologist experienced in animal related crimes and a company in Liverpool offering to carry out DNA testing on the dog, which they have named Zac for the time being.
An online fundraising drive to cover the costs has raised more than £400.
A spokesperson for Help Find Lucky said: “We are now arranging transportation of Zac to the pathology department in Liverpool from North Shields.
“We are still hopeful that our Luckie is alive and well, and we hope you will join us in our continued search for a brave little boy, lost through no fault of his own, just before Christmas.
“The body was in a stream at Brierdene part submerged in the water, what we are going to do is get a DNA sample taken from the body to eliminate it from our search.
“We are doing everything possible to find out what breed of dog it is so we can move on with the search.
“The body is of a small to medium sized dog, male entire adult.
“We have informed the family, and have checked relevant missing dogs reported in this area.”
Luckie disappeared on December 21 when he escaped from a DFDS ferry at North Shields International ferry terminal.
The generosity of the volunteers in the Help Find Luckie community have so far raised over £400 towards the bill for the post mortem.
Any funds leftover will be used in the continued search for Luckie.