Heart-broken owners offer £3,650 reward for lost pure-breed bulldog in Ilford
PUBLISHED: 10:56 23 October 2015 | UPDATED: 13:30 23 October 2015
A devastated family is offering a four-figure reward in the hope of finding pure-breed bulldog Ralph who was stolen six months ago.
The three-year old light tanned bulldog, who is sixth generation pure breed, was stolen from the family’s home in Mayfair Avenue, Ilford, in April.
Devastated Emmie Roust, 20, was given Ralph as a Christmas present by her partner Charley Groom, 23, when he was six months old.
She said: “He never wanted to go for a walk and he didn’t like other people either, so I reckon someone came and picked him up.
“It’s horrible, we miss him so much he was part of the family.”
She said her little sister Tilly Chinnery, seven – who lived with Emmie and Charley when they had the dog – had been left “heartbroken” by Ralph’s disappearance.
“Tilly used to come in and say she was seeing her brother,” said Miss Roust.
Now the family is offering a £3,650 reward for the return of the much-loved pet.
Miss Roust, who also owns a Chihuahua named Ollie, has never had a pure breed dog before and was very proud of Ralph.
Last April, while the couple were moving from their house in Waltham Abbey to Waltham Cross, they left Ralph with Miss Roust’s mother at the family home in Ilford.
Ralph – whose papers give him the pedigree show name of “Sleepy Duke” – disappeared on the afternoon of April 20, when Miss Roust’s mother was sleeping.
A short while before Ralph’s disappearance, a couple who owned a female bulldog came to the house in Ilford and asked if Ralph could breed their pure dog, but nothing was arranged.
If you have seen Ralph or have any information about where he might be, contact Redbridge Police on 101.
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