Plea for return of Waikiki Primary School therapy puppy stolen near Mandurah

Gordon Cooper with Bruno’s sister; Tia PIC: Gabrielle Jeffery.
Gordon Cooper with Bruno’s sister; Tia PIC: Gabrielle Jeffery.

GORDON Cooper is sending out a desperate plea for the safe return of his poodle puppy Bruno.

Bruno, a dark brown male puppy is microchipped and went missing, presumed stolen from Mr Cooper’s yard in the Yunderup/Pinjarra area yesterday between 7am and 4pm.

Mr Cooper recently bought Bruno and his sister Tia to be trained as a therapy dogs for students at Waikiki Primary where he is deputy Principal.

He only had the pair of pure standard bred poodles for four days.

“They were both in the yard – they are very expensive dogs,” he said.

“When I got home Tia was hiding under the table and it took me ages to get her out – something had really spooked her.

“As I was trying to get her out I realised that Bruno was missing.

“Police, Pinjarra Pound and the Central Animal Registry have his information.

“Police have noted him as presumed stolen/missing due to the cost of the breed -$2500.”

Mr Cooper wanted people to know the dogs weren’t just for him.

“I just want people to simply understand that because a dog is unattended – sure it’s someone pet but these dogs were also to be trained as therapy dogs for the school,” he said.

“Cost aside it is no small thing – I had to get approvals through the Education Board to be able to have them as therapy dogs for the school.

“On Tuesday I showed my year two students the photos and they were all so excited about it – then on Wednesday – he was gone.”

Mr Cooper is offering a $1000 reward for the return of Bruno.

Contact Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000 or the school on 9553 0900 with information.