Police are digging for leads after Tallow, a seven-month-old therapy dog, was stolen from the backyard of a home in Melbourne last week.
It’s believed the King Charles Cavalier was taken from a secured back garden on Waiora Road sometime in the morning of Saturday 9 December.
Investigators say the pup is not only a beloved family member, but is also a therapy dog for children in foster care.
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“He provides support to children dealing with trauma,” Victoria Police said in a statement.
The micro-chipped Cavalier is tri colour, black, brown and white and has a distinctive white mark on his back.
Anyone with any information is urged to call Heidelberg Police Station on 9450 8000 or submit a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.