The family of Bruno, a four-year-old staffy/sharpei mix have appealed for his safe return after he was stolen from the Coldstream Animal Aid.
Bruno was staying at Animal Aid while his owners were away on holiday and was stolen sometime in the early hours of Friday November 9.
Owners Jessica and Jonathon Parcesepe returned from holiday to the distressing news that Bruno had been stolen and Ms Pasecepe said her husband was devastated by the news and described the boisterous pup as being the heart of their family.
She told the Mail that the couple had adopted Bruno, three years ago, after foster carers had rescued the dog from death row at a Mildura pound.
“He is such a sweet Beautiful dog who touches the hearts of everyone he meets,” Mrs Parcesepe said.
Mrs Parcesepe said Bruno needed a family who were home most of the time because he suffered from separation anxiety and that without Bruno the family feel lost. .
“Jonathon has depression and anxiety as well and Bruno is always the one who comforts him, so without him we’re all a bit lost.”
“He’s the heart of our family, and we just want him back.”
Animal Aid Chief Executive Officer, Mark Menze described Bruno as a beloved family pet and said that staff of the not-for-profit organisation were devastated by this ‘cruel act’.
Mr Menze appealed to the community for their help in finding Bruno and the pup relies on the assurances he receives from this family and home life and can be startled from loud noises and new places.
“We are taking this matter very seriously and have been assisting the Victoria Police Crime Investigation unit who are working diligently to retrieve this dog.
“As a not-for-profit animal welfare organisation, nothing is more important to us than seeing Bruno back with his family, safe and happy.”
“We know that with your help we can get him home.
Bruno is microchipped and registered and has been reported as stolen with Victoria Police, Central Animal Records and Councils.
Anyone who may have seen a dog matching Bruno’s description or has any information about the dogs whereabouts is urged to call the Lilydale Police station on (03) 9739 2300 or can make a confidential crime report by contacting Crime Stopper on 1800 333 000
“I just want these people to realise how much he means to us … we love him and just want him back,” Ms Pasecepe said.