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Public appeal after theft of ‘striking’ seven-week-old puppy from doggy ‘daycare’ on NSW Central Coast leaves its carers heartbroken


A Special Forces veteran has been left “devastated” following the theft of an Australian shepherd-husky cross puppy from his Central Coast farm over the weekend.

The theft from Luke and Sam Evans’ Doggy Daycare Farm Trips in Wyong is believed to have occurred in the early hours of Sunday morning.

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The pair launched the farm – which offers day care and farm trips for pets but also trains, boards and rehabilitates rescue dogs to find them new homes – when Mr Evans left the army after 11 years of service as a way to help him combat PTSD.

He says the beloved pooches are now like his platoon.

Although Mr and Mrs Evans were alerted to something going on at the time of the incident when they heard barking, they couldn’t see anything amiss and it wasn’t until the next morning they noticed one of the puppies from an Australian shepherd-husky cross litter was missing.

The seven-week-old male with striking blue eyes and “perfect blue merle and white markings”, was stolen from a rear room, where the litter were being kept – separate from the other dogs.

“Because they’re puppies, they do need to be isolated for their own safety, otherwise they’re going to get into trouble. So they are kept in a separate room when they sleep,” Mr Evans told 7NEWS.com.au.

This seven-week-old male Australian shepherd-husky cross puppy was stolen in the middle of the night from Doggy Daycare Farm Trips.
This seven-week-old male Australian shepherd-husky cross puppy was stolen in the middle of the night from Doggy Daycare Farm Trips. Credit: Supplied

As they post daily videos to YouTube, sharing footage of the dogs, their living conditions, routines, and updates, the Evans say their videos may have been analysed by the thief, who could have used them to scope out the property, security measures, and sleeping routine.

“We’re so devastated that someone’s gone to that level to target them. We’re taking this very personally,” Mr Evans said.

“An unknown number of persons forced entry … and stole a puppy from a rear room,” NSW Police told 7NEWS.com.au.

The Doggy Daycare Farm Trips not only provides boarding, they train an rehabilitate rescue dogs, finding them new homes.

The missing dog and its litter were being minded for the rescue organisation Central Coast Animal Care Facility, who have said that the coveted breed had already garnered a lot of attention.

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‘We’re so devastated that someone’s gone to that level to target them’ – Doggy Daycare Farm Trips Founder Luke Evans

The missing puppy was born on Christmas day and came from a pregnant dog who was rescued ”from a hoarding scenario where there were 175 dogs on the property,” Mr Evans told 7NEWS.com.au.

The theft highlights a larger issue – the widespread demand for fluffy, cute dogs, leaving other breeds to be forgotten about.

“The sad thing about this whole scenario is there are already 12 dogs up for adoption – a staffy litter and a cattle dog litter – but since the Australian shepherd-husky cross litter came in, there’s been no applications for these other dogs,” Mr Evans told 7NEWS.com.au.

It’s really sad,” said Mr Evans, who has been giving the good-looking breed less screen time, in the hope of giving the other dogs a better chance of adoption.

“We’re working with adult dogs and highly aggressive rescue dogs that sit in pounds for 18 months to two years, and nobody wants them,” Mr Evans said.

“So this has never really been something we’ve had to consider … that someone would come in and steal a dog.”

Luke and Sam Evans, who launched the doggy daycare and rehabilitation facility in Wyong, say the theft highlights an issue with our preferences in dog breeds.
Luke and Sam Evans, who launched the doggy daycare and rehabilitation facility in Wyong, say the theft highlights an issue with our preferences in dog breeds. Credit: Supplied

“It’s hard for us because we take full responsibility for their safety,” Mr Evans said.

“We’re feeling really low about it,” Mrs Evans said.

“We were a bit naive with our faith in humanity. When something like this happens you realise there’s some bad people out there, which is a bit of a downer in itself,” Mr Evans said.

“We realise this is real minute percentage of people out there who are like this,” Mr Evans said, in response to the flooding of public support which came through overnight, including donations to contribute to a new security system.

They have already purchased new security cameras, with a full-scale professional security system installation on the way.

“It’s gonna be harder to get in here than a special forces military base soon,” Mrs Evans said,

Having even questioned whether or not to continue on their journey of canine care, they say they owe it to the many dogs that depend on their services to keep going.

Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers.



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