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Missing Dog Alert: Rocky

BREED:  Staffie/American Bulldog

SEX: Male


Following recent published statistics that show that 52% of stolen dogs are taken from the safety of their own back gardens, this weeks’ appeal focuses on 12-week-old Rocky who was taken from his own back garden in Little Hulton, Manchester whilst his owner what clearing up “a little puppy accident” in the kitchen.

Anyone who has had a puppy understands that toilet accidents happen a lot whilst puppy training and we’ve probably all, at some point, popped them outside while we clear up.

Sadly, on Saturday 30th March little Rocky’s owner Terri did just that; turned her back for a couple of minutes and Rocky was gone.

“I just couldn’t believe it! I kept thinking he was hiding somewhere but then I notice that the outside gate lock had been broken and I knew then that he’d been stolen. You honestly think it will never happen to you. I can’t begin to tell you how absolutely devastated I am”

“The garden is secure, it has very tall fences so it never crossed my mind that he was in any danger, I mean it’s our back garden, it should be safe for him to be in.”

Rocky was registered on the DogLost website and the family have printed posters and shared these in their local community. They have also pushed to raise awareness of his theft using social media but sadly, just over a month later, there is no news on where he is and who took him.

Rocky is a sweet natured, typical puppy with lots of energy but was already so much more to his owners. He was already providing support and therapy to Terri’s auntie which is why he was there that day.

“Dogs are more than a possession, they are part of the family and I can’t begin to explain to you what the last few weeks have been like for us. You never rest, it’s constantly on your mind and I am always worrying about how he’s been cared for.”

DogLost is appealing for people to take a look at Rocky’s photo and consider anyone who has suddenly got a dog in the last four weeks that looks like him. We know that dogs can be moved out of the area very quickly so no area should be discounted.

Rocky was wearing a blue collar on the day he was taken but there was no tag.

A simple microchip scan would quickly identify Rocky so if you have rehomed a young puppy similar in looks, in good faith, please do take it to your vet and ask them to scan for a potential microchip.

If anyone has any information relating to Rocky’s case or knows where he is, please do contact DogLost on 0844 800 3220, quoting dog ID 142112.

For more information: https://doglost.co.uk/dog-blog.php?dogId=142112