A dog belonging to an anti-puppy farm campaigner has gone missing, presumed stolen, in what the owner thinks was a targeted theft.
Niki Roe, who was invited to 10 Downing Street after the success of the campaign for Lucy’s Law, was today in shock after the disappearance of her dog Diddy.
Diddy the six-year-old miniature pinscher went missing from Niki’s Berkshire home in the middle of the night and has not been seen since.
The animal rights activist and dog behaviourist has launched the hashtag ‘#findourdiddy’ and has received widespread support to try and find her missing pooch.
Niki said: ‘I think it was targeted, I was in a photo that was shared of 60,000 times and someone must have seen me.Dog 'beaten and set on fire' by vile thugs
‘I got threats at the beginning of the campaign, and someone threw poisoned meat into my garden.
‘I backed away from the campaign at the time, which was just local, and handed the reins over to my friends.’
Niki’s house is home to a lot of canines, which at the moment includes hypnotist Paul McKenna’s Great Dane.
Diddy went missing overnight on Friday and Saturday from the house.
Niki added: ‘My oldest dog, Molly, has had her eyes removed and is deaf, she’s 17 years old now.
‘She’s really good friends with Diddy though. I left them in the kitchen on Friday evening and the top part of the stable door was open.
‘I came down at about 11 pm to close the door and realised Diddy was missing.Channel 4 News presenter speaks out about sexual abuse at prestigious private school
‘I’m surrounded by fields and nothing really looks over the house, there’s a pub opposite but that would have been shut.
‘She’s such a small and friendly dog, she’s happy to be picked up and wouldn’t have complained about being picked up.
‘Molly is wandering around lost without her, she’s her eyes.
‘I’m just beside myself. I feel like someone is going to realise Diddy is too hot to handle.’
A spokesman for Thames Valley Police said: ‘We have a report of a theft of a dog from a residential property in Hare Hatch. Reported to us in the early hours of this morning.
‘This investigation will be filed pending further information coming to light as there are no lines of enquiry such as CCTV or witnesses, however we would ask anyone with information that could assist to please call 101 quoting reference 43180267233.’