THERE is Christmas misery for an eight year old Midhurst girl after heartless thieves stole her treasured puppy.
All Sophie Constable ever wanted was her own puppy and three weeks ago her parents Sarah and Scott Constable presented her with an eight week old black Labrador who she called Nala.
“Nala was asleep in her cage in the back of my husband’s van while he worked in a garden a Eartham,” said Sarah.
“He was literally only feet away and in full sight of the van when they stole her and some tools from the back.
“He is devastated as it happened ‘on his watch’ but he was so close and checking on her all the time. You don’t expect people to be so brazen and behave so despicably.”
Despite all attempts by her parents to bring some Christmas cheer to Sophie, she is inconsolable.
“Ever since she could speak she has wanted her own dog and as family life progressed we built a lifestyle to accommodate a dog.
“When we had to tell her what had happened her heart literally broke in front of us and she is so sad it is horrid.
“Our three year old son Alfie also cries for Nala in his sleep.”
Sophie was eight last week and even her birthday celebrations could not cheer her: “It was awful, she is beside herself,” said her mother.
She is also concerned about Nala’s welfare as she was not yet 12 weeks when she was stolen and had not had her second vaccinations.
The Scott family have spent the last three weeks in a frantic search for the puppy.
They have a 60,000 following on Facebook after publicising their loss.
They have leafletted, put up posters, searched the Chichester area and contacted LostDog.
“I am determined to get Nala home, ideally before Christmas.
“Someone must know something about this.
“I am so angry that I will take this as far as I can to try and trace Nala.
“Whoever did this is rotten to the core,” said Sarah.
In addition to Nala, the thieves stole a Stihl strimmer and a Makita radio.
Anyone who has information about Nala should contact Sarah on 079 2005 3287 or DogLost anonymously on 0844 800 3220.
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