Two pedi­gree poms stolen

DOG­NAP­PING OWN­ERS AP­PEAL FOR HELP

Bray People - - Bray People - Deborah COLE­MAN

TWO DOG OWN­ERS are ap­peal­ing for in­for­ma­tion fol­low­ing the theft of their beloved pets.

Hav­ing combed ev­ery inch of Co. Wick­low and Wex­ford in­clud­ing check­ing pet sanc­tu­ar­ies and shelters, con­sult­ing a for­tune tell­ers and no­ti­fy­ing the Gar­dai, the Ark­low an­i­mal lovers feel that vic­tims of pet theft, such as them­selves, are left with very lit­tle chance of get­ting the an­i­mal back.

The most re­cent theft took place on the Cool­gre­any Road in Ark­low on Au­gust 11. Heart­bro­ken owner Deirdre Power said that she ar­rived home to find her gar­den gate open and her pure­bred pomera­nian of 18 months, named ‘Peanut’, gone.

The thief had left be­hind an­other mixed breed dog, prompt­ing her to sus­pect that Peanut was stolen to be sold.

‘I called all the shelters in the re­gion, even as far as Gorey. Peo­ple who steal pets such as this have no idea the heart­break they in­flict on the owner. Peanut was a real pet and very very gen­tle,’ she said.

When fel­low Ark­low res­i­dent and dog breeder who owns Peanut’s par­ents Jas­mine and Fletcher, El­iz­a­beth Day­man, heard Deirdre’s bad luck, she de­cided it was time to put out a for­mal ap­peal.

Hav­ing had her own pomera­nian Fletcher stolen in March of this year, she found it very up­set­ting to learn that his pup had also been claimed by thieves.

‘Fletcher was taken in March and there was noth­ing we did not do to try and find him. We hired a pet de­tec­tive in Dublin who brought a sniffer dog to Ark­low. He de­ter­mined that Fletcher was picked up near home on Brigg’s Lane. I went to a clair­voy­ant who told me he was in a par­tially red-brick house sur­rounded by trees and near wa­ter. I am heart­bro­ken that he was taken as he was a dear gift from my grand­mother over ten years ago. He was such a spe­cial lit­tle dog.’

Both El­iz­a­beth and Deirdre feel that mem­bers of the pub­lic who buy stolen dogs of­ten do not knowtheir ori­gin and are cer­tain that if they did the thieves would find it much more dif­fi­cult to sell them.

‘I re­ally think that they just took Peanut to make quick money. What they do not know is that she was neutered so is no good for breed­ing.’

Any in­for­ma­tion on ei­ther case will be greatly ap­pre­ci­ated by the own­ers Deirdre at (087) 2263855 and El­iz­a­beth at (086) 8111603. Fletcher was wear­ing a black col­lar with ‘The Stud’ writ­ten on it and was mi­crochipped while Peanut had a tar­tan col­lar.

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