Frankie the Kerry blue terrier feared stolen from Totton home

Daily Echo: Frankie, the Kerry blue terrier Frankie, the Kerry blue terrier

HE is a rare breed worth hundreds of pounds but above all is a beloved family pet.

Thieves are thought to have stolen Frankie, a Kerry blue terrier, from the garden of his Hampshire home.

The two-year-old, that is classed as vulnerable as there are less than 300 of them registered nationwide, was taken after his owner Lydia Stallard put him in the garden of her Totton home with her other dog Dayzee.

When he did not come back inside Lydia went to investigate to find the side gate to her property was open and Frankie was nowhere to be seen.

Despite a huge poster campaign and flyer drop in the area there have been no sightings of Frankie, who was wearing an identification collar and is also micro chipped.

“It is the only reasonable explanation, that someone has taken him. We have tried everything and he has just vanished. He wouldn’t just wander off and if he had been found my contact details were on his collar so there would be no reason why someone wouldn’t have got in touch. The worst part is not knowing what has happened to him.”

Frankie actually belongs to Lydia’s two sons, Louis, 18, and Ash, 16. “We are all devastated about it. He is such a lovely family pet.”

It is thought Frankie may have been stolen for his value, as pure breed Kenny Blue Terriers are sold as puppies for around £800.

As part of her desperate bid for his safe return Lydia, 47, a part-time charity worker, has notified the police and local dog wardens who have put out a national appeal for information.

A substantial reward is also being offered for information that could reunite Frankie with his owners after his suspected theft on the afternoon of July 28 from his home in Water Lane.

The appeal is being advertised on national dog owner websites and Lydia hopes someone will recognise Frankie from his distinctive look.

Lydia said: “I had only had him clipped a couple of days before, he does take a lot of grooming because of his coat and needs brushing every day. He is quite high maintenance and has a special diet so needs a lot of care.

“We just want him back. If anyone has seen him or has any information please get in touch.”

If you can help contact Lydia on 07916 267495.

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3:37pm Thu 9 Aug 12

rudolph_hucker says...

Someone stole his eyes!
Best wishes for a safe return.
Someone stole his eyes! Best wishes for a safe return. rudolph_hucker
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5:01pm Thu 9 Aug 12

soobear says...

Interesting that he had only just been clipped.... My mums dog was stolen from the garden in 2006, the day after he had been clipped. I think the thieves watch the dog groomers for rare & saleable dogs, follow them home & then stake out the home for an opportune time. The best chance for this one as he is so rare, is to watch out nationally for puppies of this breed, then check out the breeders. Hope you get him back, I really do. x
Interesting that he had only just been clipped.... My mums dog was stolen from the garden in 2006, the day after he had been clipped. I think the thieves watch the dog groomers for rare & saleable dogs, follow them home & then stake out the home for an opportune time. The best chance for this one as he is so rare, is to watch out nationally for puppies of this breed, then check out the breeders. Hope you get him back, I really do. x soobear
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10:56pm Thu 9 Aug 12

hythemum says...

I have met Lydia and Frankie on my travels through Totton, I loved watching him walk 'strutting' his stuff through the park. I owned a Kerry Blue for 12 years , they are real characters very loyal. If whoever has taken him thinks he is a plaything beware these dogs were trained for the Irish police and are also expert rat catchers I just hope the rat who took Frankie has a rethink with all the publicity about his disappearance and Lydia and her son's are soon reunited with their lovely dog. I agree with 'soobear' that the fact he had just been clipped before his disappearance is possibly significant.
I have met Lydia and Frankie on my travels through Totton, I loved watching him walk 'strutting' his stuff through the park. I owned a Kerry Blue for 12 years , they are real characters very loyal. If whoever has taken him thinks he is a plaything beware these dogs were trained for the Irish police and are also expert rat catchers I just hope the rat who took Frankie has a rethink with all the publicity about his disappearance and Lydia and her son's are soon reunited with their lovely dog. I agree with 'soobear' that the fact he had just been clipped before his disappearance is possibly significant. hythemum
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10:04pm Tue 28 Aug 12

BridgetJones says...

I have been the victim of two pedigree pet thefts...in The New Forest...on 26 August 2011, my beloved blue silver Somali cat was stolen from my garden; and on 19 August 2012 , my reddish brown "usual" Somali was stolen. Obviously they knew I had more than one of these rare pedigrees (only 400 in the UK), and they must have come back for the second one...please be sure not to let your remaining dog out of your sight - they obviously know you have two... just saying this unfortunately from experience. I am so sad for your lost dog, and am completely devastated about my own losses.
I have been the victim of two pedigree pet thefts...in The New Forest...on 26 August 2011, my beloved blue silver Somali cat was stolen from my garden; and on 19 August 2012 , my reddish brown "usual" Somali was stolen. Obviously they knew I had more than one of these rare pedigrees (only 400 in the UK), and they must have come back for the second one...please be sure not to let your remaining dog out of your sight - they obviously know you have two... just saying this unfortunately from experience. I am so sad for your lost dog, and am completely devastated about my own losses. BridgetJones
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