Blackburn toddler left crying after Blue Staffordshire's theft
A TWO-year-old boy has been left ‘devastated’ after his dog was snatched from his Blackburn home.
Blue Staffordshire bull terrier Roxy was taken from the kitchen while Finlay Smith and his mum Carla Smith, 20, were playing in another room.
Miss Smith, of Rothesay Road, Shadsworth, said her son had not stopped crying since realising his beloved pet was missing.
She said: “Roxy was in the kitchen at home. My partner Shaun was upstairs and I was entertaining my little boy.
“Somebody came into the house and took her.
“Finlay has not stopped crying and that makes me more upset.
“It is like we have lost a part of our family. Finlay treats her like a brother or sister.
“He has been saying ‘Roxy’s gone’ and has not slept well.
“He is devastated.”
Roxy needs daily antibiotics to treat a mange infection on her head.
If she does not have the medication, she will lose her fur. Miss Smith said she called the police as soon as she realised the dog was missing at around 3.30pm on Sunday.
Roxy is microchipped and the family is offering a £100 reward for help or information to find her.
Miss Smith said: “Roxy is the softest dog, she will go to anybody.
“She is the most caring dog you will ever meet.
“We could not imagine life without her and we have got to get her back for her medication.
“In the morning, the first thing Finlay does is say hello to Roxy.”
A spokesman for the police said: “It has been reported to us that a Staffordshire bull terrier with a black collar and pink tag has gone missing from a property in Rothesay Road.
“We are going to be making inquiries.”