Puppy stolen

Mandurah Coastal Times - - NEWS - Gabrielle Jef­fery

A ther­apy dog in train­ing was stolen from a Yun­derup house.

GOR­DON Cooper is send­ing out a des­per­ate plea for the safe re­turn of his poo­dle puppy Bruno.

Bruno, a mi­crochipped dark brown male puppy, went miss­ing, pre­sumed stolen, from Mr Cooper’s yard in the Yun­derup/Pin­jarra area last week.

Mr Cooper re­cently bought Bruno and his sis­ter Tia to be trained as ther­apy dogs for stu­dents at Waikiki Pri­mary, where he is deputy prin­ci­pal.

He had the pair of pure stan­dard bred poo­dles for only four days.

“They were both in the yard; they are very ex­pen­sive dogs,” he said.

“When I got home, Tia was hid­ing un­der the ta­ble and it took me ages to get her out. Some­thing had re­ally spooked her.

“As I was try­ing to get her out, I re­alised that Bruno was miss­ing. “Po­lice, Pin­jarra pound and the Cen­tral An­i­mal Reg­istry have his in­for­ma­tion. “Po­lice have noted him as pre­sumed stolen/miss­ing due to the cost of the breed: $2500.” Mr Cooper wanted peo­ple to know the dogs were not just for him. “Sure, it’s some­one’s pet, but these dogs were also to be trained as ther­apy dogs for the school,” he said. “Cost aside, it is no small thing; I had to get ap­provals through the Ed­u­ca­tion Board to be able to have them as ther­apy dogs for the school. “On Tues­day I showed my Year 2 stu­dents the pho­tos and they were all so ex­cited about it, then on Wed­nes­day he was gone.” Mr Cooper is of­fer­ing a $1000 re­ward for the re­turn of Bruno. Con­tact Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000 or the school on 9553 0900 with in­for­ma­tion.

Inset: Gor­don Cooper’s dog Bruno. Above: Mr Cooper with Bruno’s sis­ter Tia.

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