A family have been left heartbroken after their dog was stolen from their utility room overnight.
Robert Johnston, from Cloughey, in Northern Ireland, and his family have issued a urgent appeal to make their Labradoodle Golda too hot to handle.
He explained: “Golda is sterilised and no use to anyone if they’re thinking of breeding her. She’s our family dog, she’s family, we need her back.”
Robert came downstairs at 6am on Tuesday morning to let Golda into the garden only to find her missing.
He said: “Our garden is fenced and the gate was closed and there was no way she could have got out herself. And when she is out, she barks to come back in.
“We heard nothing last night. There were four of us in the house and none of us heard a thing. The utility door was opened, Golda was taken and nothing else was taken. It appears to have been deliberate.
“I still can’t believe it. I opened the door of the utility room and she wasn’t there – for the first time in five years, our routine has been the same but today was different.
“I thought maybe she’d gone upstairs to my daughter’s room and checked with her, but no, nothing.
“We scoured the house, the garden, I’ve been driving around the area. I’ve asked everyone I know to get word out on social media to help us. The police have been here this morning and are calling with neighbours and searching too. They know this is serious, we have a family member missing. Golda is our dog, Golda is family.”
Robert, who is a fish salesman, is well known on the Ards Peninsula, and says Golda is well known and much loved in the area too.
He said: “She’s such a friendly dog, everyone with a dog knows Golda, and most people without a dog know her too. She’s such a loving character. We need her back. We’d say to whoever has her or whoever took her to please take her to a safe place and let us know where to pick her up.
“Golda cannot have puppies so she is no use to breeders. She has very distinctive markings so will be easily identifiable. Someone has taken her for their own gain, but it won’t work so it’s better just to make her safe and get someone to get a message to me.”
Golda is the size of a small Labrador with a recently clipped distinctive dense, curly grey coat with a large white breastplate, three white legs, one grey and her eyes are dark amber. Golda is chipped and she was wearing a red collar when she was taken.
If you have seen Golda or know of her whereabouts please contact 07775585673.
Police are investigating Golda’s disappearance as a burglary.
A spokeswoman for the PSNI said: “A report was made just after 6.50am on Tuesday, November 9 that some time between 11pm the previous evening (Monday) and this morning, a black and white labradoodle dog had been taken from inside a property in the Main Road area of the village.
“Enquiries are ongoing and police are keen to speak to anyone who was in the area and saw anything suspicious or who may have dashcam or other video footage.
“Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 quoting reference 212 of 9/11/21.
“Alternatively, you can submit a report online using the non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/.
“You can also contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at http://crimestoppers-uk.org/ ”