Article by: Sally Hind
News Type: Local
Wayne Yule, from Balmoral, Aberdeenshire, believes a stranger in a white van took his beloved pet after he announced she was having puppies.
A desperate dog owner has offered £5,000 for the return of his pregnant boxer dog who he believes was snatched from his home.
Wayne Yule said his beloved dog Darling vanished from his property near Balmoral, Aberdeenshire, as she was preparing to have her first litter of pups.
The “gutted” dog owner took to social media to plead for help finding her on Thursday, saying a stranger and a white van were spotted in the area of his remote home before Darling vanished.
He has offered the reward to anyone who has information resulting in the brindle boxer’s return.
A post on Facebook said: “We live so remote at AB35 near Balmoral, where nobody knows our whereabouts so we fear this crime has been planned.
“Worst thing I did was announce she was pregnant several weeks ago. Downside of our remoteness is we have no neighbours who may have witnessed anything.
“Darling’s situation could be becoming desperate soon as she approaches birthing her pups. It’s her first litter so it could be very stressful for her and I am terrified she may need vet support and not receive it. It is despicable that crime like this occurs.”
The owner said an unknown man was seen walking along the track to his home into woods at around 5.30am on the day Darling vanished, followed by a white van - which he believes has visited the property before.
He said: “I am convinced Darling was taken then through the woods to the vehicle. Our other girl Agnes was out of her run area terrorising our hutches with rabbits, (and this was the commotion which alerted me something was wrong), but she is more feisty and may not have been as easy to steal.
“Our boy, Snow, was also out of his run but not outside our garden so I think we can conclude the target was, Darling, our pregnant girl, and possibly Agnes.
“I am confident that the white van who appeared at out home 2 weeks ago may be involved. He asked me if I knew where a specific cottage was and I informed him there was none with that name in our area. When I asked the postcode he said he would find it himself and left and I never thought anything of it.
“We are gutted and desperate to have her home. Please share and speak to your vets in case they have any contact with a brindle boxer girl and pups.”
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