Doggy friends of a Boston Terrier snatched from his owner’s van by thieves have joined a social media campaign to ‘bring him home’.
Four-year-old Ralph was stolen from outside a house on Fairfield Avenue in Bredbury , Stockport, on Wednesday morning.
Police are investigating, but so far there has been no sign of the beloved pooch.
Owners Stacey Donaldson and Andrew Craigs are offering a £1,000 reward for information that leads to Ralph’s safe return.
The couple – who have two young children – along with family, friends and volunteers, have been searching the streets for him, as well as handing out flyers and checking any nearby CCTV.
A Facebook group set up to help find Ralph now has more than 1,600 members which Stacey, 32, hopes will make the dog ‘too hot to handle’.
Over the weekend, supporters began sharing photos of their own pets on social media next to #BringRalphHome posters.
Animals featured in the campaign include dogs, cats – even birds and tortoises.
Parents have also posted posters drawn by their children asking for help to find him.
It is hoped the images will help raise awareness of the theft by pulling on heartstrings of social media users, as well as appeal to anyone who knows where he is to contact police or his owners.
The morning after Ralph was stolen, Stacey shared a picture of a ‘wanted’ poster drawn by her seven-year-old son Camron, who is said to be distraught by what’s happened.
“He’s absolutely heartbroken,” she said.
“He was up all night crying. He slept in our bed because he didn’t want to be on his own – Ralph usually sleeps in his room, Camron has a bunk bed and he sleeps on the top and Ralph in the bottom.”
The family, from Hyde, have been checking CCTV, and believe that the dog may have been taken by someone in a white Vauxhall Combo van which drove onto the road around the time – 11am – before suddenly driving off again.
A spokesman for GMP confirmed it was aware of the incident and that enquiries were ongoing.
Anyone with information can call Stacey on 07984 141871 or GMP on 101.