A COCKER spaniel that has been missing for more than three weeks while out on a walk with family in Killington, near Sedbergh, has still not been found.

Watson, aged 3, went missing on Lily Mere, Killington on December 14 at around 3pm when he went out of sight and did not return after his owner whistled for him, something which he has been trained to do.The Westmorland Gazette: Watson, aged 3

The area and its immediate surroundings have been searched high and low through the use of search parties, drones and other modes of technology.

An appeal to find the black working cocker has since gone viral on social media reaching nearly 50,000 people. Many people across the county have tried to help find the lost dog by sharing the appeal and also going out handing flyers and conducting search parties.

The owners, Ian Sugden and Vicki Mccreadie, said they've received messages of possible sightings of a cocker spaniel around the area. There was one potential sighting at Tebay on January 1 at 10:00 pm and another one on January 2nd in Kaber, near Kirkby Stephen.

UPDATE: last possible sighting of Watson in the Morland Eden valley on January 4 

They describe Watson as a timid black working cocker spaniel with a white chest, chin and has a speckled white nose. He is also is of regular size for his breed.

Ian and Vicki said they both appreciate the help they have received from everyone that has been involved so far. "He will not worry livestock and is timid to strangers," said Vicki "He is of great importance to us, loved by so many and missed incredibly. Any help finding him is gratefully received."

If anyone has seen a black cocker spaniel in the surrounding area or if anyone has any information then please contact Ian Sugden: 07572113005 or Vicki Mccreadie 07807319949

Facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/wattyrocksss/

UPDATE: There has been a third potential sighting in  Morland , Eden valley . Tried to follow and catch him but he bolted up the road passed the school towards Newbury. This could potentially mean the second sighting needs to be dismissed.