SHATTERED: Southside Pharmacy owner Michael Herrmann has been heartened by Lismore’s response to the brazen theft from his shop last week which left the guide dog collection statue shattered.
SHATTERED: Southside Pharmacy owner Michael Herrmann has been heartened by Lismore’s response to the brazen theft from his shop last week which left the guide dog collection statue shattered.

Guide dog thieves are 'mongrels'

THE two mongrels who stole a guide dog collection statue from Lismore's Southside Pharmacy last week, gutted the fibreglass hound, broke off its hind legs and left it lying on the side of Three Chain Road.

Two passers-by have since found the shattered remnants, but not before news of the brazen theft spread throughout the community.

“There would have only been about $50 in it, but it's community donations,” pharmacy owner Michael Herrmann said.

“There is one young girl who comes in every weekend and puts $2 in it.”

Still, he said sometimes such gutless acts of robbing from the blind, brings out the best in others.

“The people around here are really decent and their response has been overwhelming,” he said.

After The Northern Star reported the theft on Friday, Mr Herrmann said one customer brought in a ceramic pig, with a sign that read in part: Guide Dogs and Pigs Unite ... we all have the capacity to care.

Another man walked into the shop and handed over a cheque for $600 to buy another dog statue. That man was Mike Evans, of Tregeagle, who has a blind mini-fox terrier by the name of Fang.

“I'm his seeing eye human,” Mr Evans said. “I was really annoyed about the calculated way these mongrels stole the money.

“So I donated money to buy a new dog statue and cover the cost of what was in there.”

Fang is an inspiration to Mr Evans as 10 years ago while cooking chips, the house was hit by lightning. It travelled through the stove, burnt Mr Evan's hand and caused the chip oil to explode. Temporarily knocked out, Mr Evans woke to the sound of Fang barking.

“Then the little bugger bit me,” he recounted. “He's never done that, but I woke up and saw the house was on fire. We managed to put it out, but only thanks to Fang.”

Guide Dog NSW/ACT fundraising manager, Alex Green, is impressed with reader response to the theft.

“We are heartened by the astounding generosity shown by the people of Lismore following the unfortunate theft of our model dog.” he said.

A sausage sizzle is being organised outside the pharmacy on September 4 as a fund raiser for guide dogs.



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