After putting out posters he suffered the further agony of 21 scam calls in one day.
The caller told him to pay £1,000 or Molly would have her “throat slit” and he would be next.
The last menacing call that day came at 11.50pm from someone falsely claiming they had found his six year old pet which was taken on March 21st.
“It’s beyond words how I feel. I got Molly after my wife Brenda died and she has been my constant companion ever since,” the pensioner from Croxley Green Hertfordshire, said tearfully.
“She was the reason for getting up in the morning since my wife passed away.
These calls are very disturbing because you live in hope that one of these calls will be genuine.”
Talking about when Molly vanished, he said: “It was actually five weeks ago and I was out in the communal garden with little Molly my little chihuahua.
I came in to put the kettle on around 10am and went straight back out. I was gone for seconds really and she was gone and I haven’t seen her since.”
Gerry, who spent 47 years working at Smithfields Meat Market, said: “ I haven’t been able to sleep properly since she was taken and I’ve even had to go on antidepressants”.
Hertfordshire Police are investigating.
MOLLY IN THE MIRROR
Female Chihuahua Blue/Grey (Age: Adult)
Stolen from Croxley, Hertfordshire, WD3 area, South East on 21st March 2021
CONTACT: 07774 724797 or 07702 684766
or call Hertfordshire Constabulary on 101
Doglost link: https://www.doglost.co.uk/dog-blog.php?dogId=165404
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