Own­ers of miss­ing dog warn other pet own­ers

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS - By Char­lotte Lam

IT WAS a happy end­ing for pure-bred blue staffy Denim who went miss­ing from her Strathdickie home on Thurs­day af­ter­noon and was found near Bowen on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

Own­ers Michael and Sue Hurren were re­lieved but be­lieve she may have been kid­napped for breed­ing and fight­ing pur­poses.

They have con­tacted Whit­sun­day Po­lice about the mat­ter.

Mrs Hurren re­turned home from night­shift at 2pm on Thurs­day af­ter­noon and said she was play­ing with the dog be­fore having a nap.

Mr Hurren came home from work at 4pm. When the dog didn’t greet him straight away, he knew some­thing was wrong.

The cou­ple called po­lice on Fri­day morn­ing to re­port she was miss­ing.

Mr and Mrs Hurren talked to neigh­bours, some who were not even aware the cou­ple had a dog, sent out letters to sur­round­ing sub­urbs and ac­tively used miss­ing pets web­sites and so­cial me­dia.

To their re­lief, an owner of a ru­ral home to­wards Bowen con­tacted the cou­ple to say he had found Denim at his home on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

When Mr and Mrs Hurren went to col­lect Demin, their usual friendly and joy­ful dog was hes­i­tant and scared. The own­ers be­lieve she may have been beaten.

“She just slowly walked up to us and laid at our feet – it was heart­break­ing,” Mr Hurren said.

Denim’s nose was swollen and bleed­ing.

Al­most a week later, Demin is back to her play­ful self but the cou­ple want to put out a public warn­ing to other do­gown­ers.

Neigh­bours have since told the cou­ple they did see a car ap­proach their iso­lated Strathdickie home on Thurs­day af­ter­noon but as­sumed it must have been some­one the cou­ple knew.

Since the kid­nap­ping of their dog, the cou­ple has met many other Whit­sun­day res­i­dents that claim their dog had been stolen but not of­fi­cially re­ported it.

The cou­ple warn lo­cals to be mind­ful of sus­pi­cious behaviour or any po­ten­tial ‘tags’ left around homes or fences.

HAPPY END­ING FOR DEMIN: Michael and Sue Hurren warn Whit­sun­day dog-own­ers to look out for sus­pi­cious behaviour.

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