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FROM OUR AR­CHIVES Two­pe­di­greePoms stolen

Septem­ber 2008

- Crime · County Wicklow · Dublin · Brigg

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 teller and no­ti­fy­ing the Gar­daí, 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 pure-bred 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 10 years ago. He was such a spe­cial lit­tle dog.’

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