Fundraiser launched in memory of tragic Sheffield pet Axel raises thousands in days

A fundraiser launched in memory of a beloved family pet who went missing in Sheffield is close to smashing its £3,000 target thanks to the kindness of well-wishers.

Sunday, 26th January 2020, 6:13 pm
Updated Monday, 27th January 2020, 4:21 pm

Sheffield has proven itself a city of animal lovers as residents flocked to donate to the page, set up in memory of eight-year-old German Shepherd ‘Axel’.

The much-loved pooch sparked an urgent search appeal when he went missing from Rother Valley Country Park on January 10, with a reward offered by Swallownest-based 2Roost Estate Agents for his safe return.

But his family were left devastated when Axel’s body was discovered a week later.

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Well-wishers flocked to donate to a Just Giving page launched in memory of tragic Sheffield pet, Axel.

Tracey Birch, of Beighton, spoke out on behalf of her sister and Axel’s heartbroken owner, Dawn, who described the pet as ‘her life and soul’.

She said: “Everyone just feels numb. We are saddened to say that Axel was found in a farmer’s field close to the iron bridge at Rother Valley.”

But she added: “We want to say thank you to everyone who has helped us search for Axel – I can’t believe all the support we’ve had.

“It has really touched peoples’ hearts. There have been people from all over the country getting in touch with us and we have been inundated with flowers.”

The cause of Axel’s death is currently uncertain, and it is hoped that funds raised from the Just Giving page will cover the costs of a post-mortem so that the family can finally have ‘closure’.

You can donate to the Just Giving page by clicking here