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Missing Honey

Puppy taken, note left in its place

KATASHA MCCULLOUGH
Last updated 05:00 20/05/2014
Maia and Honey

BEST FRIENDS: Maia, 4, with stolen puppy Honey.

 Paterson family
MISSING HONEY: The Paterson family had their 3-month-old puppy taken from their car while shopping at Westfield Albany.

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A family is heartbroken after their puppy was stolen out of their car while they shopped at the Westfield Albany mall.

Daniel and Alix Paterson bought Honey, a shar pei-staffy cross, as a friend for 4-year-old daughter Maia.

Alix says the theft is heartbreaking and the family is devastated.

"Every day our little daughter keeps saying: ‘Are you going to get Honey back today?' and we just tell her we're trying."

The dog was only 12 weeks old when he was stolen.

The Patersons left Honey in the car with the windows about 10 centimetres down while they visited the mall for about an hour on May 2.

Alix says they take the puppy everywhere with them.

When the family returned to the car one of the back doors was unlocked, Honey was gone and a note was left, telling the owners to call Animal Control.

A phone number was also written, but turned out to be a fax number.

Alix and Daniel have contacted Animal Control and vet clinics as well as placing notices on Pets on the Net and Trade Me. "We're doing everything we can really," Daniel says.

Police have also checked with Animal Control and failed to find Honey.

The Patersons' car has been examined and police are waiting for forensic results.

Honey was taken between 1pm and 2pm on May 2 from the Westfield Albany car park.

The Patersons are offering a reward for any information that leads to his safe return.

Call North Shore police on 477 5000 or call the anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 if you have information about the theft.

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