How much is that doggie in the window? One thief didn?t care
By CRAIG McTEAR
HE'S small, cute and cuddly, but he's terribly lonely. He's been fretting ever since Monday when his brother, a maltese cross shih tzu, was dognapped from their Coffs Harbour Pet Centre compound.
Proprietor Gloria Bohn says the thief pounced some time between 4.40pm and 5pm during trading hours and probably dashed out the back door with the seven-week-old, which is white with apricot patches.
And how much, you ask, was that doggie in the window worth? He came with a $375 pricetag.
At first, Gloria didn't believe her son, Isaac, when he told her the pooch had vanished.
She searched frantically, but soon realised the dog was long gone with a new owner.
"I used to call the puppy whinger because he whinged most of the time," Gloria said.
"Even if we don't get him back, I hope he's looked after. They're a popular dog because they're small. They're lapdogs and are fairly friendly. They're kid-friendly."
Gloria is beginning to wonder if it's actually worth being in business, considering this is the third time in nine days she's been hit by shoplifters.
On Monday last week, someone pinched an $80 dog blanket while Gloria had her back turned. And two days before that, a $45 dog carrier went missing. The woman who took it was found at a nearby shop, where she was forced to hand it over.
"People should know we run a lay-by system. If you can't afford it now you can pay it off," Gloria said.
If you have seen the stolen microchipped pup, or if you have any other information, contact Coffs Harbour police on 6652 0299 or the Coffs Harbour Pet Centre on 6652 4082.