Alan's beloved dog, Beam, stolen
IT didn’t take long for Rockhampton’s Alan Smith to notice his best mate and faithful companion was gone.
Alan went home to make lunch last Saturday and was surprised his faithful dog Beam wasn’t joining him, hoping to be fed.
“When I eat, he has got to eat,” Alan said.
“That’s why I realised then he was gone.”
Alan was out calling for Beam around his Lakes Creek Road home when a neighbour told him she had seen three men putting the dog in a bluish-silver coloured vehicle.
“She thought it was strange, but didn’t think much until I was calling out,” Alan said.
Alan’s mum, Kathy, said she had called the pound to see if it had taken him, but with assurances that wasn’t the case, she is just as keen as Alan to get Beam back.
“It’s not knowing that is the worst part,” Kathy said.
They have continued their search, walking and driving the streets calling for Beam.
Alan described Beam as being a strong looking brindle dog with a white blade chest and white on the base of his feet.
At the time he went missing he was also wearing a black collar with silver studs.
But despite being a tough looking dog, Alan admits he is not a street dog at all.
Alan has had Beam for over seven years and admits he is a very spoilt pooch, being treated to heated up meals and all the comforts of home.
What they fear the most is that someone might have taken Beam thinking he would make a good pig dog.
“It is a pretty low act, to take someone’s dog.”
“I just hope I get him back.
“He’s been a good mate.”
RSPCA Queensland Senior Regional Inspector Shayne Towers Hammond said dogs were stolen for a number of reasons, such as pigging or heinous things like fighting, but they could also be taken for breeding purposes.
He said minimal cost options such as micro-chipping, which could be a deterrent to would-be thieves, was also a way to get animals back to their owners.
“We have got animals home from as far away as Melbourne,” Shayne said.
Anyone who may have seen a dog being taken in Lakes Creek Road, close to the lights on Thozet Road, are encouraged to call the Police, Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000 or the RSPCA hotline on 1300 852 188