A distraught OAP, who had his cherished dog stolen from outside his home, has had a glimmer of hope after hearing reports of a man knocking on doors in the area on the same day.
Leonard Ormond, 82, was left heartbroken after Rosco, a border terrier, was stolen from his house in Napier Drive.
The dog was a present for his birthday in March but was stolen on Monday.
The retired Dundee City Council bricklayer said the ordeal had been “hellish” and pleaded for any information on the canine’s whereabouts.
As a result of the story , neighbours have come forward to give Leonard hope.
The pensioner’s daughter Fiona Ormond, 50, said: “Since the article went in, we have had a few more neighbours coming forward.
“They have told us the van in question had the name of a tree surgeon written on the side of it.
“Our neighbours said the person in the van had knocked on their door, asking if there was any work wanting done.”
Fiona, who lives with her dad, has said the new information has given her dad hope that Rosco will be found.
She added: “Dad is not too bad considering what happened and this new information has given him a lot of hope.
“We all hope that Rosco will be found safe and well.”
An Facebook page, which has been viewed more than 500,000 times is offering a reward of £900 for anyone who could help return the dog to Leonard.
A spokeswoman for the force said: “We are making inquiries following a report that a brown male Border Terrier was stolen from an address in Napier Drive, Dundee, between 9am and 9.30am on Monday.
“Officers are keen to trace a grey Ford Transit van with a blue or possibly brown logo that was seen in the area at the time.
“The man driving the van was wearing a high visibility vest and was accompanied by another man.”
Anyone with information has been asked to contact Police Scotland on 101.