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Omagh woman makes impassioned plea for stolen dog

THE owner of an elderly Yorkshire Terrier who has breathing problems has made an impassioned plea that her dog be returned to her safely in time for Christmas.

Clear CCTV footage shows ‘Rascal’ – the beloved 12-year-old dog of Kavina Ferris from Omagh – being taken from outside Poundstretcher by three women on Tuesday, one of whom pushed a buggy. The three women are believed to be in their 50s.

A devastated Kavina recalls dropping her shopping on the ground outside Poundstretcher when she realised Rascal – who is chipped and registered – had been stolen.

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“I am devastated,” Kavina said. “My two dogs, Rascal and Runty are my whole life. They were my late mother’s dogs, and they helped to get me through the pain when she passed away.

“Rascal has breathing problems, and he needs his inhaler. I pray that he hasn’t been hurt.”

Kavina added, “It’s killing me. I can’t stop crying, I haven’t slept. I don’t care if the people who took him just bring him to a local shop or vets for me to collect, I just want him back.

“I honestly don’t want the women to be done or anything, I don’t care about that. All I want is for him to come home safe and sound.”

In a statement, a spokesperson from the PSNI Omagh said, “A Yorkshire Terrier dog was stolen from Scarffe’s Entry on Tuesday afternoon at about 2pm.

“CCTV shows three women taking the dog. They are believed to have gotten into a blue Toyota Avensis.

“If you saw anything or a blue car with a Yorkshire Terrier in it please give us a call on 101 and quote reference CC957 of December 18.”

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Alternatively, Rascal can be returned completely confidentially by contacting Rosie Hastings from Omagh Lost and Found. A reward has also been offered, and no questions will be asked.

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