A WOMAN has made a heartfelt plea for the safe return of her pet dog, which was stolen from a locked kennel in her back garden.
Minnie is an 11-year-old black and tan Yorkshire terrier, named after the cartoon character Minnie Mouse because of her small size.
She has a split on her left ear, cataracts in both eyes and is micro-chipped and spayed.
Owner Mary Daly, 49, said Minnie meant ‘the absolute world’ to her.
“She’s my baby, if she can’t see me she whines. I feel like I’ve lost a child – I’ve done everything to try and find her.”
She believes thieves mistook Minnie for a puppy, leaving her friend Ozzy, a 10-year-old Jack Russell, behind.
“They frightened the life out of him, he’s really nervous now,” she said.
Ms Daly’s partner David Bassett discovered Minnie had been stolen when he returned to their home in Summer Road, Walsham-le-Willows, on Wednesday.
The dogs used the kennel, which has a run, while the couple were at work, meaning Minnie was taken between 8am and 5pm.
“I wonder how she’s being treated and if she’s still alive,” said Ms Daly, whose birthday is in two weeks and whose only wish is Minnie’s return.
Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.