Jessie – stolen from her home during a burglary
(Photograph provided by owner)
Who: Jessie the Kelpie (mix)
Age: Ten years old
Colour: Black (grey mask, tufts of eyes), white paws, vest and stomach
Date: 23rd October 2015
Area: Heathridge, WA, 6027
On Friday 23rd October 2015, Jessie’s owner left his house in Heathridge, WA at around 1.30pm. He noticed nothing strange or untoward, just an ordinary day with nothing to make him suspect anything was going to happen.
He returned the same day at around 7.15pm, the weather was fine and it had gone dark about 20 minutes prior to him coming home. Jessie’s owner pressed the garage key fob a few houses before arriving at the house as he usually did so that the garage door would be open for him to drive straight in
As he drove closer to the house, he realised that the garage door was going down which indicated that it had already been open. Pressing the button again to open it, he drove up the drive which is on a slope and into the carport.
By now Jessie’s owner was somewhat worried as Jessie is left outside when the owners are out; with the garage door down and the gate on the other side locked with a padlock.
With it being dark, Jessie’s owner left the car headlights on so that he could see to drive his way in. Jessie usually comes to greet her owner but on this occasion she didn’t which was out of character in itself.
Now this is where I want you to imagine how you would feel if this was your dog – not necessarily a cute puppy, but your dog – whatever breed and however young or old that may be. Imagine coming home to this and think about how you would feel.
Jessie’s owner quickly got out of the car and went to the back door of the house where he could clearly see that the door had been forced and left open. his first thought was to check the laundry room outside where Jessie often likes to lie on the tiled floor because it is cool and she can still see everything from where she is.
That was when he noticed that Jessie wasn’t there and shouted her name in the vague hope that Jessie may have run into the bushes to hide, but Jessie never came and wasn’t in the bushes or anywhere else for that matter.
The owner ran through the house yelling for Jessie hoping that she was inside, running in to the bedroom where Jessie sleeps and then into every other room but not yet noticing if anything had been stolen because his priority was Jessie and it was now evident that she wasn’t there.
Could Jessie have wondered off somewhere? This is highly unlikely if not impossible because Jessie is simply not that kind of dog and is of a senior age where she is content to be in her own little home and the Queen of her castle with no need to stray even with the doors forced open.
Once Jessie’s owner had checked the house; he realised that all of his clothes from the spare bedroom wardrobe (about 40 hangers worth) had been stolen just leaving one dirty T shirt left (and the clothes that he stood up in).
A laptop which was hidden under an A4 notepad in the lounge and not in full view was also stolen but his wallet with $168 inside and all the credit cards which were in full view and easy to spot; was not touched. Whoever had burgled the house left no mess, no drawers open or any of the usual mess that is often associated with burglaries. All they took were the clothes, the laptop and Jessie.
So what is so special about a ten year old dog?
Photographs provided by Jessie’s owner
When a younger dog is stolen it often generates a lot more publicity, especially when it is a puppy or a female that has just had puppies – and rightly so because Mum needs her pups and vice versa.
Jessie is a senior dog, she is ten years old, probably a bit stiff on her legs, more grey on her face than black. To sum it up she really is of no value to anyone other than her owner.
The media have not really picked up on this story and why would they be interested in a grizzled senior kelpie/collie mix in her twilight years? After all, this one won’t pull on the public heartstrings now will it?
Well this is where we are mistaken. The fabulous animal loving public of Perth would definitely want to hear about this – if only the media picked up on it and gave this story as much publicity as the younger dogs that are stolen get.
Things to consider about this case
What is so special about Jessie? To her owner she is priceless, no amount of money can buy her and whilst he has put up a $1,000 reward with ‘no questions asked’, the question begging to be asked is whether or not money was and is the motivation in this case.
Something else to consider is that the house where Jessie lives sits at the top of a steep drive, it is also on a road which is on a bus route. The house has an intruder alarm where as no other houses around it do and the strobe light is clearly visible on the front of the house. Jessie’s owner did not put the intruder alarm on that day, however you can clearly see an alarm sensor in the corner of the kitchen though the back door which they forced.
Jessie also has loud bark, which like most dogs she uses when she hears anything close to her territory and is a vocal dog. The next door neighbour has 2 dogs which also bark when they hear things – which makes this very strange that they picked Jessie’s owners house to burgle that night.
Let’s not forget that money was left behind and the only three things that were stolen were clothes, a laptop and Jessie. Could this be someone targeting the owner, or someone known to the owner?
Why is it important to get Jessie home ASAP?
This old girl is an established pet, she has an acceptance about her that takes many years of love, care and attention from her owner to get her to this stage.
Jessie’s little pleasures in life aside from walks, will be her home comforts and ultimately her ‘Dad’. Being able to sit on the sofa and wait until her owner get home. A dog like Jessie will not want for much but one thing is certain, her routine and family will be important to her.
I can imagine Jessie being locked up in someone’s house or garden, she may be cold/hot, sore from her joints, she won’t have her toys and familiar items around her and being a very senior dog, she could well be disorientated.
If you live in Perth, have you noticed that your neighbour has acquired a new dog, if so does it bark a lot? A dog in a new and scary environment will bark out of fear or confusion.
Old dogs tend to have what I term to be ‘rusty barks’ where their barks sound old, have you heard a new dog on your street with a ‘rusty old dog bark?’
Could you peak over your neighbours fence discreetly and see if they have a senior, black kelpie/collie mix with a grey muzzle and white paws fitting Jessie’s description?
If there is one thing the people of Perth are exceptionally good at and that is coming together in a crisis or when an animal needs help and it is a quality that makes me very proud to live here.
So whilst Jessie is not a young dog, please keep an eye out and be vigilant in looking for her, she deserves to spend her final years with the one that loves her most and understands her best – her owner.
There is a $1,000 reward for Jessie’s safe return or information leading to her return.
Please let us find this elderly dog that did nothing that fateful day aside from lie in her home awaiting for her beloved owner to come home.
If you have Jessie
If by some chance the person that has stolen Jessie is reading this, please give her back. You know taking her was wrong, you know that keeping her is wrong and you know that you are not being fair to either her or her owner.
Jessie’s owner will give you a reward for her safe return and will not pursue this. All he wants is his dog back safe and sound.
If you still have her, take a good look at her after reading this and ask yourself if what you have done is right.
If you have passed her on, then I ask you to let the owner know the details of the person you passed her on to so that he can try and get her dog back.
But do remember one thing, a ten year old dog has zero value to you but the $1,000 reward money – now you could do a lot with that couldn’t you?
Photographs provided by Jessie’s owner
If you have any information that could lead to the whereabouts of Jessie, please call Lee Padgett on this number:
Samantha Rose (C) Copyright January 2016