Newhaven resident raises concerns about dog theft and its effect on mental wellbeing #PetTheftReform

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A Newhaven resident, whose nephew had their dog stolen in March last year, has raised concerns about the ‘devastating issue’ of dog theft.

Frederica Gandolf, has written to MPs in Sussex and Surrey about the ‘appalling act’ of dog theft, stating it has ‘alarming consequences’ for both the pets stolen and the families and individuals who are victims of the crime. 

The 71-year-old’s nephew had a 4-year-old Bedlington Whippet Lurcher called Bear. The young canine went missing from their house in Ringmer on March 23, 2021, and is still missing to this day.

Frederica said in the letter: “We know that he is one of many but as Bear’s ‘auntie’ I want you to know what a devastating effect his loss has had on me personally.

The 71-year-old’s nephew had a 4-year-old Bedlington Whippet Lurcher called Bear. The young canine went missing from their house in Ringmer on March 23, 2021, and is still missing to this day.

“You can only imagine the sleepless nights, the nagging feelings of helplessness and disappointment when there has been a possible sighting only for it not to be Bear. My sister and nephew have done what they can to find Bear but it takes a lot of mental and physical energy.

“The impact on my mental wellbeing has been very significant. I think about him being abused, neglected, used, discarded. I think about him being hungry. I think about him being cold and wet. I think about him feeling unloved and scared. These are perpetual and consuming thoughts.

“In the process of looking for him on social media I am forced to see the most upsetting images, to hear the pleas of devastated owners. It is almost as if my heart and mind is all consumed by the most intense sadness.”

Newspaper article: https://www.sussexexpress.co.uk/news/people/newhaven-resident-raises-concerns-about-dog-theft-and-its-effect-on-mental-wellbeing-3523184

BEAR: Male Lurcher Brown And White (Age: Adult)
Stolen from
Ringmer, Lewes, Sussex, BN8 area, South East on 23rd March 2021
CONTACT: 07876 220568 or 07411 231035
or call Sussex Police on 101

Doglost link: https://www.doglost.co.uk/dog-blog.php?dogId=165535

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