The apparent theft of an Australian bulldog named Tank has prompted an extraordinary appeal from his worried owners.
Rutherford couple Amy Cole and Kane MacDonald have offered a $5000 reward for Information leading to his return.
“We only had him six days,” she said. “His previous owner is talking about putting up a reward too.”
The dog is believed to have been stolen from the couple’s backyard on Regiment Road between 6.30am and 1pm last Friday.
“He was there when I finished night shift, but was gone when I woke up,” Mr MacDonald said.
The couple had planned a photo shoot at Green Hills with Tank and a few of his four-legged relations that afternoon.
“I just can’t comprehend why someone would take a dog the way they have,” Ms Cole said.
“They’re our little family. Iwork two jobs so I can afford to feed them.”
Tank was bought from Western Australia and was only beginning to settle in with his new family.
“We’ve only had him six days and we’re worried for his welfare,” Ms Cole said.
“We hadn’t even introduced him to the other dogs yet. He will be fretting.”
Tank had been slowly regaining his appetite before the theft.
Mr MacDonald found only half a bowl of food where Tank had stood only hours earlier.
The couple contacted the police, RSPCA, veterinary clinics and airports to prevent Tank from being used elsewhere as a stud dog or taken interstate.
“He was just starting his new life with us,” Ms Cole said.
Anyone with information about the theft or Tank’s whereabouts should phone Amy Cole on 0421 509 173 or Kane MacDonald on 0421 992 023.