A Shepparton woman is pleading for the return of her beloved dog, which is missing, feared stolen.
Silver, a 12-month-old blue English Staffordshire bull terrier, left her home in north Shepparton for a wander on August 25 when the front door was inadvertently left open.
Despite the efforts of her owner Nicole McDonald and Shepparton police to try to find her, Silver remains missing some two-and-a-half weeks later.
The single mother took to social media to spread the word about the missing dog, even offering a cash reward.
She received some phone calls, including from a witness who said they saw Silver at the intersection of Newton St and Balaclava Rd, being taken by a male driving a silver Holden Statesman.
Miss McDonald has contacted vets and animal shelters in Numurkah, Shepparton, Echuca and as far as Melbourne in an effort to get the message out.
An upset Miss McDonald said Silver, who she has had since the dog was six weeks old, was a much-loved pet.
‘‘She’s very playful, hyperactive and loves kids,’’ she said.
‘‘She’s always at your feet.’’
Police confirmed it was feared Silver had been stolen.
Shepparton police Constable Michaela Young urged anyone who knew of Silver’s whereabouts to phone the station or hand the dog in at Shepparton Police Station or Greater Shepparton City Council’s animal shelter in Wanganui Rd.
Miss McDonald just wants her beloved Silver home safe and has a message for anyone who might have the dog.
‘‘Have a kind heart and do the right thing and give her back,’’ she said.
Silver is microchipped. She has a small growth above her left eye and has pending surgery for a hernia, which can be seen protruding from her stomach. She also has medication she needs for severe allergies.
Have you seen Silver? Get in touch with Nicole by phoning 0431569811, contact Shepparton police on 58205777 or Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.