Mosgiel couple Gavin Howie and Jemma Calder hold up a
poster for their missing dog Rusty, who they believe was
stolen. Photo by Gregor Richardson.
A Mosgiel couple are worried their beloved dog Rusty has
been stolen after he disappeared without trace on Sunday.
Gavin Howie and Jemma Calder said their 1-year-old
Staffordshire bull terrier went missing about 5pm on Sunday
and they had been desperately trying to find him ever since.
Ms Calder said the fact their dog had ''vanished without a
trace'' had them worried it had been stolen.
''He's microchipped and stuff, so if the pound had picked him
up we would have known by now.''
Their dog, who was ''like a son'' to them, had only been in
their fenced yard for 15 minutes when they realised he was
Mr Howie said they walked around the neighbourhood that night
until midnight, but found no trace of him.
The couple were offering a reward for anyone who found their
dog, who was ginger and had a distinctive crooked black tail.
''We just want our dog back. We have tried everything we
can,'' he said.
Sergeant Kevin Davidson, of Mosgiel, confirmed police had
been informed about the dog's disappearance and welcomed
information from the public.
''If we had any information to suggest an offence had
occurred, obviously we would follow it up.''
SPCA Otago executive officer Sophie McSkimming said she was
not aware of any recent dog thefts in the Dunedin area, but
the agency would not necessarily be informed if there had