Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Dog Stolen in Scam; Mum Left 'Heartbroken' by Theft of Pet on Oz Day

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Dog Stolen in Scam; Mum Left 'Heartbroken' by Theft of Pet on Oz Day

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Byline: Sarah Steger Sarah.Steger@gladstoneobserver.com.au

A DOG scam making the rounds has hit too close to home for Gladstone pet owners.

On January 27, Amber Bryan sent out a scam warning, the day after her mum was targeted and lost her beloved dog.

Amber said the scam involved "people coming to your door (and) claiming to be from a pet grooming place and offering a deal 'too good to be true'".

She said her mum paid $100 for four dog clipping sessions before handing over her dog on Australia Day.

"Once she paid, they took her dog. (When) she rang them on the numbers they gave her, (they were) disconnected," Amber said.

She said her mum tried to go to the scammers' advertised address but it did not exist.

"They are scammers who take your money, steal your pets and sell them online," Amber said.

She later told people her mother was "absolutely distraught" and "heartbroken" after the abduction of her dog.

"Hopefully the police can track down the (culprits)," Amber said. …

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