Desperate owner offers $5000 for bulldog's return
He's clocked up kilometres posting hundreds of fliers around the Waikato and laid out a $5000 reward, but an Ohaupo dog owner is still waiting to get his pet back.
American bulldog Billy was gone when Chad Laboyrie returned home on July 7.
His other dog, Jazz, was left behind in the fenced backyard, but agitated.
Laboyrie and his partner have since spared no effort trying to get their beloved Billy back.
"It starts to get to you a little bit, but you've just got to keep going," Laboyrie said.
"It's constantly on my mind."
Jazz is also missing her young playmate, and has been "acting really funny" ever since they were separated.
There was fresh hope yesterday afternoon when Laboyrie got wind of someone allegedly selling a stolen dog, which he planned to follow up.
When the Times spoke to Laboyrie recently the reward was at $1000 but he has since increased it to $5000.
"I would have thought whoever had her, if they saw the reward's at that amount of money, I mean that's a lot of money for someone."
Fliers of Billy - a female, seven-month-old - have been plastered all over the region, and dog lovers have added more in areas including Auckland, Tauranga and Christchurch.
Her disappearance and the reward have also been shared extensively on social media and any websites which would post it.
Laboyrie even gave posters to PD wardens.
He is not sure why someone would take Billy, but guessed they might have hoped to use her for breeding.
Her temperament would be wrong for fighting, he said. "She's too friendly . . . She's only a puppy and she's not aggressive at all. She doesn't have that kind of nature."
Paw Justice co-founder Craig Dunn said the organisation was asked for help with missing or stolen dogs from around New Zealand every week.
Dog-owner vigilance could help reduce the chances of their pooches being stolen, he said.
That could include networking with other owners and keeping an eye out for fence or footpath markings which could indicate a certain breed of dog was at the property.
People with expensive dog breeds should not leave them out the front of the property where they could easily be seen, or should consider doggy daycare.