THEIR BABY: Riley is sorely missed by his owners.
THEIR BABY: Riley is sorely missed by his owners.

Owners fearing the worst after staffy disappears

A KULUIN couple and their pet cat, Boris, are mourning the sudden disappearance of their "baby" and best friend, a staffy called Riley.

Wendy Jeffery said Riley vanished in mysterious circumstances on July 17. Two weeks later, there is still no sign of him.

"He was out the front with Boris, sunning, as we went inside to watch some coverage of the tragic plane crash," Mrs Jeffery said.

"When we came back out 15 minutes later he was gone."

A neighbour suggested she saw a white van lurking in the area, but that was the only clue to Riley's disappearance.

Mrs Jeffery fears Riley may have been snatched to "blood" dogs being trained for illegal dog fighting.

Both the police and the RSPCA are yet to gather concrete evidence to trigger a full-scale investigation of dog fighting on the Coast, but staff at Sippy Downs Animal Refuge believe there are too many regular social media posts about the horrible topic for the fears to be a fallacy.

"You try to steer away from the worst scenario, but it does pop into your head," Ms Riley said.

"They can track pedophiles, so why can't they hack into dog-fighting rings?

"If someone has just taken him for a pet, I'd be more relieved, but it's still not the right thing to do to someone's baby."

Riley is a blue-brindle Staffordshire bull terrier, three-and-a-half years old, microchipped and desexed. He was wearing a blue-grey collar with tags that included his home address. A reward is offered for his return.

The couple has placed "missing" posters around Kuluin, informed local vets, and Riley has been advertised on the pet finder website between Caboolture and Noosa, but there's been no positive feedback.

"We've had a few sightings, but unfortunately not our dog," Mrs Jeffery said.

"Even Boris is missing him. We just ask that whoever took Riley, if they have a change of heart, they could return him to the area where he lives and let him come home."


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