Ronnie Griffin and Brendan Fitzgerald are searching for their beloved Fitzy nearly a month after he went missing in Coorooman Ck.
Ronnie Griffin and Brendan Fitzgerald are searching for their beloved Fitzy nearly a month after he went missing in Coorooman Ck. Chris Ison

Mystery of pup lost overboard

DID Fitzy get taken by a crocodile, is he lost in bushland, or does some one have him?

Ronnie Griffin and Brendan Fitzgerald are mystified as to what happened to their beloved pure-bred West Highland terrier, but aren't giving up hope.

Fitzy and his owners were crabbing at Emu Park's Coorooman Creek on January 21 when the one-year-old pup disappeared without a sound.

While putting up more lost dog posters in Rockhampton yesterday, Ronnie said Fitzy loved being out on the water and would sit on the front of the boat basking in the sun.

She said one minute he was at the back of the boat and the next, he couldn't be seen and wasn't in the water or on a bank.

They went along the creek looking for him with no luck and have gone to great lengths to bring him back home by getting friends and strangers involved in the search.

"Every fishing shop, pet shop, vet and servo from Rocky to Zilzie has a poster but we still haven't found him," Ronnie said.

"It's heartbreaking for both of us. He was a beautiful boy."

Ronnie recalled tales of animals showing up at their owner's door months later, and hoped someone had him and was trying to find his home.

She said many people had rung from seeing the posters but none of the dogs were Fitzy.

"I'd follow any lead at this point, I just want my boy home," she said.

There have been no confirmed or unconfirmed reports of crocodiles in the creek this year, according to DERM's Croc Watch website, but it is a known habitat.

Fitzy is microchipped and if you think you have seen him call Ronnie and Brendan on 0424 978 131.



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