A major online campaign is appealing for the return of a dog stolen in Eastbourne last weekend.
Nipper the Jack Russell was last seen on Sunday July 28 on Pevensey Bay Road outside ASDA opposite Kingsmere.
His owners Gary and Wendy Roche believe he was taken by a balding man in his 40s who was driving a white or silver van with writing on the side.
He told passers by he was taking Nipper to a vet as he had details on his collar.
But the little dog hasn’t been seen since.
His disappearance has been particularly hard as Gary suffered a brain injury and Nipper is his constant companion.
The family, from Polegate, also has another dog called Smudge who has been pining for Nipper.
Now, family and friends are running an online campaign Make Nipper too Hot to Handle and a reward is being offered.
Wendy, who is the mother of Eastbourne DJ Ryan Milnes, said, “We are desperate to have Nipper back home. We are absolutely devastated.
“Gary had taken Nipper with him to see a friend in Pevensey Bay but he got out under a hole in the fence chasing a cat.
“He was seen weaving in and out of traffic by ASDA and some people tried to catch him.
“A man in a Citroen Berlingo van was seen grabbing Nipper and that was the last time he was seen. The balding man told passers by he was taking Nipper to the vets but the vets or us have had no contact at all.”
The family is offering a reward of £400 for Nipper.
A Facebook group called Please Help Find Nipper has been set up in a bid to track him down.
People can also follow @josmani4 on Twitter
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