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.