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‘Gentle’ dog slips away from devastated owner in heartbreaking river tragedy

A devastated dog owner has recounted the tragic moment he saw his beloved pooch get washed away by a river.

Twin sisters Charlotte and Natalie Mills were walking their family pooch, Barney, on Sunday along the River Wey in Surrey.

The nine-year-old Boxer was on a steep bank before he slipped and was pulled into the water.

Tragedy soon struck as the twins were helpless in stopping Barney from falling to his death.

He slipped into the river and was washed away in the currents.

The sisters are now desperately appealing for help to find his body to give him a proper goodbye.

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Charlotte, 33, told Get Surrey : “The banks are quite steep and there is a downwards slope. There has been a lot of rain recently so as he (Barney) was trotting along, he lost his footing and slid down into the water and then he was really quickly pulled under.

“Tragically we couldn't find him."

The pair searched for him along the banks but it was too dangerous to get close.

They have since returned to the scene to look for him again but have not been successful.

They were between Ripley Weir and John Donne's Elizabethan Summerhouse, a stretch of the river located in the middle of Wisley and Pyrford.

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Natalie is Barney's owner and got him as a rescue dog more than three years ago; they lived together in Sunbury.

Natalie said: "We just want to be able to bring him home and don't want him to be left there."

She went on to describe Barney as "the perfect dog".

She said: "He was really gentle, kind. He loved his walks and wanted to be with us all the time. He used to follow us around and used to go with a dog walker in the week and she really loved him.

"In the pub in the village people adored him, he was such a character and had so much expression in his face."

Barney has a number on his caller should he be found.

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