Former longtime local Pete Herrmann and partner Jude Hennessy are on a desperate search for Jude’s missing dog, as the deadline for their return to Tasmania looms.
The couple have been in town since May, along with Ms Hennessy’s beloved dog Bridget, a 10-year-old large white chihuahua.
Bridget went missing on 4 August from Mr Herrmann’s Hope Street house, and hasn’t been seen since.
“The gate was left open,” a devastated Ms Hennessy said.
“She’d just had a bath, so she didn’t have a collar on and she’s a hunter and she just loves to take herself for a walk too, she has no fear of anything.”
The couple believe someone has picked the old dog up, and due to a microchipping error eight years ago, even if she had been taken to a vet to be scanned, no details would have shown up.
“The people who were supposed to enter her details on the database didn’t do it properly so she wasn’t registered until yesterday (16 August), so now if someone scans that microchip it will show the right details,” Ms Hennessy said.
The little dog has been by Ms Hennessy’s side through tough times, including a battle with breast cancer, a break up and the loss of her mother.
“She was always there for me, she’s just the most beautiful little dog and has become such a part of my life – she’s really loving,” she said.
“I’m offering a reward, no questions asked and we’ve put posters up all around town, Hope Vale, out at the Lion’s Den.”
Bridget came into Ms Hennessy’s life in an unusual way, left abandoned outside a church at the age of two.
“She was outside a church with a note written on her on a piece of envelope and the writing said ‘please somebody love me and give me a good home, my name is Anna’, which was crossed out and then they wrote Bridget.
“She’s a really well-behaved dog, really quick and super smart.”
Ms Hennessy said Bridget needed daily medication for severe allergies, which without treatment could prevent her from breathing and cause a serious skin infection.
“She’s just so desperately missed,” she said.
Anyone with information can contact Ms Hennessy on 0428 138 824.