A KIND businessman yesterday offered a £300 reward for the safe return of a pedigree pooch which was pinched from outside its owner’s Paisley home.
Yesterday, the Paisley Daily Express told how it is feared that Yoda – a nine-month-old Lhasa Apso – has been snatched to order by heartless thieves.
Four-year-old Poppy Cowden, who is Yoda’s owner, hasn’t stopped sobbing since her pet pooch went missing from the family’s home in Lochfield Road.
Now caring businessman David Currie has stepped forward to offer a bumper reward in the hope that Yoda can be safely returned to little Poppy.
Dog lover David said: “The story on the front page of the Express really tugged at my heartstrings. It makes you wonder what sort of people are out there when someone can do this to a wee girl.
“I have dogs of my own and I know how attached you become to them.
“It’s a sad day when you can’t allow your dog out into the back garden without having to stand guard over it until you take it back into the house.
“I just hope that the reward can lead to Yoda’s safe return.”
Poppy’s mum, Sharon, is delighted by David’s kind gesture and is hoping it will encourage someone who knows of Yoda’s whereabouts to get in touch.
She said: “It’s incredible to think that someone we don’t even know has put up this big reward to help us get Yoda back. It’s so kind of him.
“We’ve had a few calls about Yoda, with one guy telling us he had spotted him near Canal Street in Paisley. We went straight down there and, although we didn’t find him, we put up more posters in the area and handed out leaflets. Poppy is devastated about losing Yoda and I would appeal to anyone who has any information to let us know of his whereabouts.”
Sharon had let Yoda out into the back garden for just a few minutes while she attended to Poppy, who had been unwell, but the dog had vanished by the time she went back to check on him.
An eagle-eyed neighbour spotted a couple bundling a dog into a silver sports car around that time.
And Sharon also learned that, moments earlier, a man had knocked on a neighbour’s door to ask who Yoda belonged to.
It is feared Yoda, who is a full pedigree dog and is worth around £500, may have been sold on.
Sharon and Poppy have had Yoda since he was born and describe him as “great natured”.
If you have any information concerning the whereabouts of Yoda – who is black and beige in colour – call Jeff Holmes at the Express newsroom on 0141 847 8638.
Alternatively, ring Sharon on 0779 986 7404 or the DogLost organisation, in confidence, on 0844 800 3220, quoting 19858.