In a brazen act in the heart of Sydney a homeless man’s pet dog has been stolen, sparking a desperate appeal for help.
Pet detectives Arthur & Co Pet Concierge said in a post to Facebook that the puppy, called Shaggy, was taken from her owner Nathan on Sunday afternoon at Circular Quay.
Nathan had gone to the bathroom for two minutes and Shaggy was gone when he returned.
“Nathan started yelling for help but nobody helped,” the pet detective said.
“All I could do was sit on my bed and cry,” Nathan is quoted as saying.
Shaggy and Nathan have been together since he rescued the dog from a skip bin in Surry Hills late last year.
“Shaggy was almost dead when Nathan found her,” the post read.
“The vet allegedly told Nathan that she was so badly neglected and malnourished that the people listed on her microchip had obviously abused her.
“He hand fed her small amounts and nursed her back to health.
“Nathan goes without so he can give her quality food.”
Nathan is quoted as saying: “I saved her but really she saved me.”
Anyone with information on Shaggy’s whereabouts is urged to come forward.