“We’re heartbroken and devastated” Missing Gold Coast Frenchie found dead

UPDATE @ November 5 | The nationwide search for a beloved French Bulldog suspected to have been dognapped from a Gold Coast backyard has come to a tragic end.

Much-loved Frenchie, Theo, was found deceased over the weekend, leaving his doting owners Kimberly and Shannon heartbroken and devastated.

“Our Theo’s been found deceased,” the family wrote in an emotional post on Instagram overnight.


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“We’re heartbroken and devastated, but thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support trying to find him.”

The two-year-old pup, who was a member of Dogs Qld, is believed to have been released from the back gate of the family’s Carrara home around 3.30pm on Wednesday 31 October.

Speaking to myGC, owner Kimberly said it’s unlikely Theo would have just run away as he’s a “total mamas boy”.

“Our other two dogs have gotten out before but never Theo, and they have always returned,” she said.

“Theo never strays far from us.”

An investigation into Theo’s passing is now underway.

“There will be an ongoing investigation to his death as it does not appear to be natural causes, and when we find out the truth, we will update you all,” the family said.

“Thank you from the bottom of our aching hearts for all your incredible support.

“RIP Beautiful boy. We will love and adore you forever.”

Sadly, French Bulldogs have become a target for thieves in recent months, with the ‘designer dogs’ often on-sold for a hefty price tag.

Pet owners are being urged to keep a close eye on their pups and to not leave them unattended outside if possible.

EARLIER @ November 1 | A Gold Coast couple have been left distraught after their beloved Fawn French Bulldog was allegedly stolen in a suspected brazen daylight dognapping.

Two-year-old Theo, who is a member of Dogs Qld, is believed to have been released from the back gate of the family’s Carrara home sometime between 12.30pm and 3.30pm on Wednesday 31 October.

It’s understood a neighbour saw an unknown man chasing the pup down the street, however didn’t realise who the dog belonged to until he received a missing pet flyer in his letter box.

Theo’s doting parents Kimberly and Shannon have been beside themselves ever since his disappearance, desperately taking to social media and the streets with missing posters in an attempt to get their “baby” back.

“All I can think about is where my baby is and if he’s okay and being looked after… I know he’s scared,” Kimberly told myGC.

“Theo is the human child my partner and I didn’t have! We got him from a beautiful breeder to raise as our beloved son and he is our absolute baby.”

“Our home is absolutely empty without him.”

Kimberly said it’s unlikely Theo would have just run away as he’s a “total mamas boy”.

“Our other two dogs have gotten out before but never Theo, and they have always returned,” she said.

“Theo never strays far from us, we take him to the beach regularly and he always stops to wait for us and makes sure he knows exactly where we are.”

Gold Coast police have been notified of the incident and anyone with information on Theo’s whereabouts is being urged to come forward.

“We just want our boy back home, where he belongs,” Kimberly begged.

Unfortunately, French Bulldogs have become a target for thieves in recent months, with the ‘designer dogs’ often on-sold for a hefty price tag.

Pet owners are being urged to keep a close eye on their pups and to not leave them unattended outside if possible.

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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French Bulldogs are not *Designer Dogs*
They are Pure Bred dogs