The heartbroken owner of a purebred staffy puppy has spoken of her devastation realising the four-month-old had been stolen from inside her home.
Louine Shaw’s horror began when she returned to her house in Mount Eliza, south of Melbourne, on Saturday night and her beloved pooch Luna was nowhere to be seen.
She said Luna was snatched along with her breeder papers which were hidden and certify that the pup is thoroughbred.
‘I was mortified when I realised she was gone. I wailed like I never have, I felt like someone had taken my child,’ the devastated owner told Daily Mail Australia.
The heartbroken owner of pure-bred Staffy puppy Luna (pictured) has spoken of her devastation after realising the four-month-old had been stolen from inside her home
Louine Shaw believes due the inaccessibility of her home, the perpetrator must have meticulously planned the brazen attack
Louine believes due the inaccessibility of her home, the perpetrator must have meticulously planned the brazen attack.
‘We have a 3.5m high deck that would have had to have been scaled to get through the back door and the front of the house was completely locked,’ she said.
‘The person or people who stole her had clearly done their homework.’
It is Luna’s purebred status, $3,500 price tag and the fact she hasn’t been desexed which would make her a prime target to be sold in order to breed puppies.
For Louine, (pictured) the thought of her sixteen-week-old, who is not even house trained yet, in the care of people who may exploit her is terrifying
For Louine, the thought of her sixteen-week-old – who is not even house trained yet – in the care of people who may exploit her is terrifying.
‘When I realised I couldn’t find Luna I hoped we would find out that she had fallen off the back deck,’ she said.
‘I thought I could cope better with her death than not knowing where she is or who she’s with.’
Despite the heartache, a social media post pleading for Luna’s safe return has gone viral and so far been several promising sightings have been reported.
‘There’s been over 80,000 shares in total and people have seen it in in every corner of Australia.
‘The response has blown our minds and people have really related to the story and understood that pets are of our families and we miss Luna so much.’
Victoria Police detectives are also currently reviewing footage of a dog matching Luna’s description at Madam Brussels cocktail bar in Melbourne’s CBD.