A MUCH-LOVED RSPCA office dog has gone missing.

It is feared that Jack Russell crossbreed Quinn, a popular face in the Southwater headquarters of the animal welfare charity, has disappeared down a hole and got stuck.

Dozens of volunteers have joined Melissa Moremon, who works at the animal welfare charity, searching the area, which backs on to Storrington quarry, even using an endoscope to send a camera down holes to see if they can spot the missing pooch.

Melissa, from the village, was walking Quinn and her other rescue dog Mabel at 4.30pm on Friday (3 May)in Sandgate Park, Storrington, when he vanished in pursuit of a rabbit.

She said: “I was calling and calling but he didn’t come back - we searched for hours and I’m sure I heard muffled barking from underground and I think he must have got stuck down a hole. I have been overwhelmed with the support I have had from my RSPCA work colleagues, friends and the people of Storrington - it has been quite incredible. He needs to come out now to make all their effort worthwhile.

“It doesn’t feel right without him, Mabel has been very quiet, I think she’s missing him. I hate to think of him in the dark all alone wondering where I am and I am hoping someone might have some ideas to find him and bring him home.”

Quinn, who is 9 years old, was adopted by Melissa after he was rescued from a puppy farm where the owners were prosecuted for poor welfare of the dogs.

Melissa is appealing for anyone in the area and any dog walkers who might be out and about to keep an eye and an ear out for Quinn and for anyone who might have any specialist equipment or skills that could be used to help find him to please get in touch.

She said: “My colleagues have set up a crowdfunding page to help pay for any specialist equipment or people who might be able to locate him underground.

“I have been overwhelmed with the support, I’m lucky to live in a such a dog-loving village, even complete strangers have been out looking for him for hours. This shows social media in its best light. The village has really come together and is going all out to find Quinn. Anything anyone can do to help would be really appreciated. I’m staying positive, I’ve heard lots of stories of dogs coming out of holes after being stuck in holes a few days so that’s what I’m hoping will happen.”

To donate the helpfindquinn page on the justgiving website. Anyone with information about Quinn or who may be able to help locate him should contact 07776 196 254.