An OAP has been left distraught after his beloved dog — bought for his 82nd birthday — was stolen from outside his Dundee home.
Gordon Ormond, 48, of Dryburgh, had bought his dad Leonard a Border Terrier puppy in March for his birthday.
The dog, named Rosco, was cherished by Leonard, a retired Dundee City Council bricklayer.
The pensioner, who also lives in Dryburgh, said: “It was about 9.30am (Monday). I saw a van pulling up outside the house, it had a logo on it.
“The guy who got out was wearing a hi-vis vest. I thought it was maybe someone collecting for charity, but I knew Fiona, my daughter, hadn’t left a bag out for any of the charities.
“I went out to make sure they had closed the gate behind them and that’s when I realised the dog was gone.
“I shouted and shouted but there was no sign of him anywhere. That’s when it dawned on us that he’d been snatched.
“The only person who comes into the garden in the mornings is the postie and he came in when the police were here, so there was no way he left the gate open. And he knows the dog and always says hello to him.
“There were two men, one in the van and the one who got out. Rosco has never run away before — I’m 101% sure he’s been taken.”
Leonard said he has various health issues including illnesses affecting his heart, lungs and kidneys.
Choking back tears, he added: “This has been hellish. I’m gutted. He’s still running about in my mind.”
Fiona said: “The dog has the run of the house so we just left everything open. You never expect something like this to happen. We’ve asked all the neighbours and put a post on Facebook that’s been shared a lot. I’m really concerned for my dad’s health as well.”
Fiona said police were looking into the matter and hoped someone nearby might have CCTV to identify the van.
Leonard added: “I just hope he gets returned safe and well because I’m really missing him. It’s just unbelievable, and shocking, that a dog can’t be left to play in his own garden. I just don’t understand people who would do this.”
Gordon said: “My dad is pretty distraught. We are all gutted by what has happened my dad is quite frail.”
A police spokeswoman confirmed officers are making inquiries following a report that a brown male Border Terrier was stolen from an address in Napier Drive between 9am and 9.30am on Monday.
She added: “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 hi-vis vest and was accompanied by another man.”