A FOSTER mum who uses her dog to help calm new arrivals says she is “devastated” after he was stolen.
Louise Davies, from Out Rawcliffe, is appealing to Gazette readers to help her in her desperate bid to find six-year-old Jack Russell terrier Jake.
Louise, 41, said: “We foster children and he always makes them feel welcome.
“He’s massively important because when they come in it’s often late at night and they’re distressed.
“I do emergencies re-homing so I can have children coming in at the drop of a hat.
“That’s why he’s so important, we even had two girls come in at half past three in the morning once.
“The difference he makes is amazing.”
Jake has been missing since January 20.
The family, who live on Clay Gap Lane in the village, also own two Labradors - Meg, 12, and Milly, who is nearly one.
Louise added her husband Colin, 42, daughter Emily, 15, and 14-year-old son John have been left traumatised by Jake’s loss – especially as he was given to John as a present on his eighth birthday.
She added: “They’re devastated.
“They’ve learnt to be resilient with fostering because of the way children come and go but they’re very upset.
“Jake plays football with my son and he’s just a happy, lovely dog – I’m going to miss him. The dogs used to curl up together and they’ve noticed he’s not here, it’s horrible.”
Louise says two other dogs have gone missing from the village in similar circumstances recently and believes Jake was stolen.
A police spokesman confirmed the incident had been reported to them, but said Jake’s disappearance was not being treated as a kidnapping.
She said: “We had a call saying the dog had gone missing but she’d discovered one or two other people in the area had their dogs taken in similar circumstances.
“The neighbourhood policing team have been informed but we’ve had no other reports of dogs being taken.”
Jake has been featured on the website www.doglost.co.uk, and Louise is also offering a reward for any details leading to his safe return.
Anyone with information can contact Louise on (01253) 700392.