Dog act leaves boy, 2, without best mate
A TWO-YEAR-OLD boy is missing his best friend after dognappers seized his puppy Ollie from the family's Eli Waters backyard.
Police have called for public help to locate the rhodesian ridgeback which was taken between 7.30am and 6pm on Monday.
But that has not eased the fears of mum Mikaela Dryden and her son Noah, 2, who just want their best buddy back.
"He was a part of the family and he was my little boy's best friend," Mikaela said.
"I just want him back."
Ollie is just six months old and had been with the family for just four months.
Mikaela said she returned home from work in Maryborough on Monday and went straight to the backyard, to find Ollie missing.
She said on the weekend they had taken steps to secure their backyard and ensure there were no holes in the fence. The family also padlocks their two gates to ensure no one can enter their backyard.
The young mother frantically began searching the area for signs of her missing pup, but was unable to find the purebred canine.
Mikaela said she spoke to a neighbour who told her they saw someone come into the backyard during the day and feed Ollie.
On closer inspection of the yard, Mikaela found pieces of meat near the boundary and scratch marks up the fence. She said the dog was pulled up the fence by whoever had their eye on the cute puppy.
"If anyone has seen anything can they please let police know," she said.
Ollie is cream with white socks and a white upside-down triangle on his chest. He also has a distinct ridge on his back.
Maryborough police District Crime Prevention Officer Acting Sergeant Melanie Ryan said no other dogs had been reported stolen to police.
If you have any information of Ollie's whereabouts please call CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000.