DR Zeki Atesli was left devastated when his cockapoo, Bertie, went missing in Sussex on April 22.

The consultant, who is working at Eastbourne General Hospital, said coming home to Bertie at the end of a long shift made him feel happy.

Five-year-old Bertie was having his fur clipped when he ran out of a friend’s house in Telscombe, East Sussex.

Now today there may be renewed hope.

At 11am today there has been a report of a dog loose in the Patcham area of Brighton – no-one so far has been able to catch the dog.

The description is similar to Bertie, but a sighting is needed to have a better idea if it is him or not.

Bertie’s Facebook page says: “No-one appears to have reported a missing dog in that area, so please can anyone who lives or walks in Patcham please keep an eye out for an unaccompanied dog, thanks.”

The couple, who live nearby in Rottingdean with their 20-year-old son, say they have been overwhelmed by the number of people who have offered to look for Bertie.