Appeal made after athlete's puppy Gobi runs away

A STRAY Chinese puppy that inspired £20,000 of donations to give her a new home in Scotland '“ has run away.

Appeal has been made for missing Gobi. Picture: Contributed
Appeal has been made for missing Gobi. Picture: Contributed

Gobi struck up an unlikely relationship with Edinburgh runner, Dion Leonard, during a race across the Gobi desert in China.

The pair became the stars of the event after being spotted running alongside each other during the 250km marathon in June.

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Dion, 41, planned to bring Gobi back to Scotland with him so set up a fundraising page to help with costs.


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Almost £20,000 has been raised in less than a month by supporters from all over the world. However the dog has since gone missing from a friend’s house in the Chinese city of Urumqi.

Dion said: “We are devastated and shocked to hear that she is now on the streets of the city and that our plans to get her to the UK are up in the air. We just need everyone to pray that she is found.”