Puppy's theft devastates family
By WILL JACKSON
THE THEFT of a golden retriever pup and the ashes of their old dog has left Tuncester's McNamara family distraught.
Michael McNamara said while the thieves also took his wedding ring and jewellery worth $3400, it was the loss of Boston, their 10-week-old golden retriever, last Friday that had most upset his family.
Mr McNamara said a neighbour reported seeing someone park at the house in a white 1980s-model Holden Commodore.
The neighbour thought the man was a plumber because the family is renovating.
She said he was wearing a beanie and appeared aged between 18 and 20.
The thief knocked on the front door before going in through the back door.
"He's come in to our bedroom and taken my wife's and my daughter's jewellery boxes, along with Dakota's ashes which were in a plain wooden box," Mr McNamara said.
Mr McNamara said the thief must have thought the box with the ashes also contained jewellery.
"On the way out he took Boston," he said.
"To top it off, he left our gate open and our other dog, Liberty, escaped. A friend found her out on the road."
Mr McNamara said friends drove as far as Kyogle and Nimbin searching for the thief.
"Our son Connor's a bit young to realise what's going on, but our daughter Emily cried. We all cried, but she picked Boston out of the litter."
The McNamara's are offering a $500 reward for information leading to the return of their puppy.
"We'll even pay the thief if we have to," Mr McNamara said.
"With a TV or a car you can just buy another one. We don't care about any of the other stuff, we just want our dog back."
Anyone with information should contact Lismore police on 66231599 or the McNamaras at work on 66219322.