Help Find Buddy: Much-Loved Victim Of Suspected Dognapping Needs Special Care

Jackie and Simon can't imagine life without their four-legged companion. 

What you need to know
  • Seven-year-old Buddy has been missing since Monday, when thieves broke into his owner's Taylors Lakes home in Melbourne's western suburbs
  • The German Shephard-Husky cross has epilepsy and requires daily medication
  • Anyone with information is urged to contact Victoria Police, who are investigating the burglary and suspected dognapping

A separated Melbourne couple is pleading for the safe return of their stolen German Shepherd-Husky cross.

Seven-year-old Buddy has been missing since Monday, when thieves broke into his owner's Taylors Lakes home in the city's western suburbs.

When Jackie Hiett returned home from work she discovered a huge mess and several electronic items missing, along with her late mother’s wedding ring.

There was no sign of Buddy.

Buddy suffers from epilepsy and requires daily medication.

Buddy's co-owner Simon Mann said the situation was particularly worrying because Buddy suffered from epilepsy and required daily medication.

"We really need our boy back because he suffers from seizures and he needs his treatment," he said.

"And because we love and miss him."

Pictures of Buddy have been shared almost one thousand times on social media, but Jackie and Simon are keen for Buddy's story to be shared more widely. They say they can't imagine life without their four-legged companion.

"I am devastated, I've just never felt like this, we are desperate to have him returned safely, we don’t care about who did it,” said Mann.

"We just want our dog back."

A possible lead

A possible lead emerged yesterday, when a fellow dog-lover responded to a plea to find Buddy by posting to Facebook a video of a man leading a dog by his hands.

The footage was taken on Wednesday in North Melbourne at 12.20pm.

Buddy's owners believe the dog in the footage may be theirs.

He was wearing a red collar the day he went missing and he is microchipped.

Police are investigating the burglary and suspected dognapping.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Victoria Police.