Family is left distraught after finding their dognapped border collie Dakota painted blue with chunks of fur missing
- Family left devastated after pet dog is ‘dognapped’ and subjected to abuse
- The boarder collie was returned less than 24 hours after she was taken
- The pet dog had been sprayed with blue paint and had clumps of fur missing
- Owner says the dog is home but has been traumatised by the experience
A family have been left devastated after callous donappers stole their pet pooch and subjected her to a torrent of abuse.
Elizabeth Meredith said the family dog was taken from their home in Stafford Heights, a northern suburb of Brisbane, only to be returned 24 hours later with blue paint sprayed on her fur and clumps of her hair cut out.
The bizarre incident occurred late on Tuesday morning, when Ms Meredith said she noticed the beloved border collie, named Dakota, had stopped barking and she went down to check on her.
The beloved border collie (pictured), named Dakota, was taken from the family home in Brisbane
Dakota (pictured) was returned with blue paint sprayed on her fur and clumps of hair missing
‘When I went downstairs, the rope we use to tie the back gate with was gone and the metal in front of the gate was bent and there was no Dakota,’ Ms Meredith told the Brisbane Times.
The 21-year-old explained that Dakota had a habit of barking excessively and thought the incessant noise might’ve been the reason why someone would’ve abducted her.
But no less than 24 hours later, Ms Meredith was alerted to Dakota’s safety after a passerby found her tied up in the street and took her into a local veterinary surgery.
Referring to the condition the lovable pet was found in, Ms Meredith explained she had been coloured ‘bright blue’ and had ‘chunks of fur missing’.
‘I was very, very shocked, she means the world to me. She is a lovely tender dog, she wouldn’t hurt a fly,’ she said.
Thankfully, Dakota is now home and out of harm’s way, but Ms Meredith noted she’s still suffering from the traumatic experience.
‘She has been really quiet, she is still scared and shook up about what has happened,’ Ms Meredith told the publication.
She warned other pet owners to keep an eye on their dogs, and to always make time to check on them.
Brisbane police have been alerted to the incident.
Ms Meredith (pictured) said she was ‘very very shocked’ at what had happened and said Dakota means ‘the world’ to her