City of Joondalup: possible dognapping in northern Perth suburb of Heathridge

Lee Padgett holds a poster asking for information about Jessie, his border collie cross (left) that’s been missing since a break-in at his home.
Lee Padgett holds a poster asking for information about Jessie, his border collie cross (left) that’s been missing since a break-in at his home.

A CITY of Joondalup dog owner believes burglars stole his 10-year-old canine Jessie and the Heathridge resident is baffled as to why anyone in Perth would do such a thing.

Lee Padgett returned from work to his Peninsula Avenue home about 7.15pm on Friday, October 23 to find his glass sliding door cracked and its lock forced open.

The burglars stole a laptop and some clothes, but Mr Padgett’s biggest concern was the whereabouts his ageing mixed-breed border collie.

“My first thought was ‘where’s the dog’ because she sits in a little wash room (outside),” he said.

“I shouted for her… I went inside because I thought she might have gone to her bed but I soon realised she wasn’t there.

“She’s a soft kind of dog and I think somebody’s taken advantage of that, fed her some food and just taken her with them.

“I can’t exactly think what they would want with her.”

Mr Padgett did not believe his much-loved pet had walked out of the yard because it was not in her nature.

He said she had always stayed put if he forgot to secure an exit point from his home.

“She doesn’t move… she’s not that sort of dog,” he said.

Mr Padgett has begun a Facebook page at www.facebook.com/findjessie1 offering a $1000 reward in the hope someone has seen Jessie.

He also posted to the Lost and Found Pets in Perth page, but has had no luck. Police are investigating. Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 1800 333 000.