Owner's fears after valuable dog stolen from Hilderstone farm
THIEVES stole one dog and fatally injured another as they made their get away from a remote farm.
Drew Talbot's dog Dollar was taken from his parents' farm at Hilderstone four weeks ago and has not been seen since.
A springer spaniel named Holly, belonging to Drew's parents, had its leg broken in the same incident and has since had to be put down.
Drew, who has had six-year-old Dollar – a Dogue de Bordeaux – since she was a puppy, suspects his pet was taken to be used for breeding or in dog fights.
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The Dogue de Bordeaux is a large and powerful mastiff of French origin, and puppies can sell for £1,000 each.
Drew has been searching the area and placing adverts in The Sentinel every week since Dollar's disappearance, and is now starting to fear the worst.
The 28-year-old, from Weston Coyney, said: "These dogs are not worth as much as they were a few years ago, because of the recession, but they are still quite valuable.
"Females can have between eight to 12 puppies in a litter, so whoever took Dollar might have thought they could use her for breeding and make some money, but she had a hysterectomy a while ago so can't breed.
"Dogues de Bordeaux are used for fighting as well because they're big dogs, but Dollar is really soft. She used to play with the chickens and cats on the farm.
"So when these people found out she couldn't breed or fight, they might just have killed and buried her.
"If she'd just been dumped somewhere she would have turned up by now, as she is micro-chipped.
He added: "My mum has been distraught since Holly had to be put down. She's had to take some time off work.
"I don't take very kindly to people who do things like this to dogs. I don't think I'd be responsible for my actions if I ever caught them."
The theft took place on November 1 at Oxleasows Farm, Hilderstone.
Drew's dad Steve had left Dollar and Holly in the farmyard while he took the family's three other springer spaniels for a walk.When he returned Holly was lying injured and Dollar was nowhere to be found.
Steve, aged 51, said: "I called to Holly but she could barely get to her feet.
"I called my mate who is a vet, and he decided we had to put her down.
"My theory is that she was hit by a reversing vehicle. I usually drive slowly because she had a tendency to walk up to your car. I'm certain someone has taken Dollar.
"My suspicion is that whoever did this knows us. We're so far from the road here they would have had to have known the dogs were here."
Anyone with information about Dollar should contact Drew on 07500 925930.