- A Chihuahua was handed to a vet after she was found wandering the streets
- Staff shared images of the dog online and it was claimed by an unknown woman
- The family have been left devastated and are offering a reward for her return
- Queensland Police are reviewing footage from the vet to find the alleged thief
A family have been left devastated after their pet Chihuahua was given away by a vet to a thief posing as the dog’s owner.
The dognapper is said to have made off with the 14-year-old pooch on June 8 after she was handed into Our Vet Browns Plains, in southern Brisbane, the previous day when she was found wandering in the area.
Staff shared images of the dog to a lost pets Facebook Page and said the Chihuahua was found without a collar or a microchip.
But by the time owner Jacki Cornelius contacted the vet to pick up her dog she had already been taken by the unknown woman.
The family have been left shattered by the theft with the dog’s other owner, Tegan Maree, pleading with the woman online to return their beloved pet.
‘Please if anyone knows the whereabouts of my family’s baby,’ Ms Maree said on a lost pets Facebook group.
‘She went missing on Sunday and has since been picked by another lady and our family is heartbroken.’
Ms Maree said the family is now offering a reward for the dog’s return.
‘If you have our girl please return her no questions asked, if you know who has our girl please speak up and ask them to return her,’ she said.
‘She has been in our family for almost 14 years and we are all devastated.’
Queensland Police told Daily Mail Australia they were reviewing CCTV footage that showed the alleged thief at the vet.
‘Police have been notified of the matter and calling on anyone who may have information into the whereabouts of the dog – or who may have seen it in the area – to please contact police,’ a spokesperson said.
Ms Maree accused Our Vet Browns Plains of changing their story multiple times and not taking responsibility for the theft.
‘They did not take contact details of the lady, however police have requested surveillance of the car park and the vets for number plates and facial ID,’ she said.
A spokesperson for the vet told Quest Newspapers they were deeply saddened by the deception and were working to get the dog back to its owner.
‘We are saddened to confirm that a lost, non-microchipped dog was handed in last Sunday and the following day our team was contacted by a person who deceptively posed as the owner,’ they said.
‘We are assisting the police in their investigation into the matter, which we take very seriously.
‘We are currently reviewing internal procedures to identify if there were steps that could have been taken to avoid this situation,’ they said.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted the dog’s family and Our Vet Browns Plains for comment.