THE owner of a dog allegedly taken from a Fylde coast train station is appealing for its safe return.
Susan Caputo, 34, of Anchorsholme, had left her dog Toby, a five-year-old Lhasa Apso, with relatives when the incident is believed to have occurred outside Poulton Railway Station.
Ms Caputo’s three children, four-year-old twins, Antonio and Giovanni and 22-month-old Emilia have never been without their pet who is on medication for an infection.
The distressed mum said: “My parents were looking after Toby when he ran out of a side gate when my dad was putting something in his van.
“Usually he has a walk about and then comes home but after five minutes he hadn’t returned so my dad went to look for him.
“A lady, who was waiting at a nearby bus stop asked my dad if he was looking for a dog, she said she had seen a small dog matching Toby’s description.
“She said a group of people had been fussing him when a couple in their mid-thirties stopped and put him on a lead saying they would take him to the Civic Centre.
“But we phoned the Civic Centre and there was no record of any dog being handed in, we are heartbroken, he arrived before the children and they keep asking where he is.”
Ms Caputo has been told of one possible siting at a car boot sale in Greenhalgh on Lancashire last Saturday.
She added: “It is so difficult because if someone is treating him as their pet no-one would bat an eyelid, we need the right people to see the posters.
“He has been taking antibiotics for an infection and we were due to take him back to the vets to check it had cleared up, if it hasn’t he will need more medicine.”
A police spokesman confirmed an investigation was under way.
He said: “We have been informed of the situation and have put posters up in the response office in Fleetwood in case any of our officers spot him.
“His details have also been sent to Doglost.co.uk where members of the public can access more information.”
Wyre Council is checking CCTV cameras in the area and a dog warden has offered advice and support to Mrs Caputo.