AN Aubin Grove resident says she grows more and more devastated each day her dog is missing.
Two-year-old border collie Nala went missing on January 9 when owner Candylee Thomson returned home from work to find she wasn’t in the backyard.
“I went driving around slowly calling her name for hours,” she said.
“My partner and housemate were also out looking, I stopped to ask people who were out and about, rangers and local vets were notified and I posted on numerous pet pages on Facebook.
“Neighbours with CCTV footage checked for me to see if they had seen Nala in the area but nothing was sighted from anyone.”
A month on, and still with no sign of Nala, Ms Thomson said she fears the dog was stolen, rather than having run away or gotten lost.
“Nala is the kind of dog to seek out people, she is very social and the fact no one has seen her and there have been zero leads, it does not add up that she has just disappeared without a trace,” she said.
“I am absolutely devastated, I got Nala to help me through my depression and anxiety and now that she is gone it is a massive struggle.
“She was also was very sick a month before she disappeared, she has severe food allergies to the most common of foods and requires medication and a specialised diet.
“I am very concerned for her health.”
City of Cockburn deputy mayor Lee-Anne Smith has been helping in the search for Nala, saying she understood the impact a dog could have on those with mental health issues.
“The photos of Candylee and the pleas for help to find Nala broke my heart,” she said.
“Last year I was diagnosed with PTSD and hit a very dark place, I can’t imagine where I’d be or wouldn’t be without my little rescue dogs.
“I don’t think all people realise what a dog can mean to their owner and I pray, there is so much attention placed on finding Nala, that if she has been stolen they have no choice but to release her for fear of being recognised.”
Nala is a blue merle Border Collie with a unique black patch over her right eye.
Anyone with information about Nala’s whereabouts is asked to call Cockburn Rangers or message www.facebook.com/helpfindingnala.
For crisis support call Lifeline on 13 11 14 or visit lifelinewa.org.au.