Perth family makes desperate plea to drive-by ‘thieves’ to return puppy

Michael TraillThe West Australian
VideoCCTV shows the moment a puppy was taken from outside a family's home.

A Perth family is pleading for the return of their beloved four-month old English Blue Staffy after it was allegedly stolen in a drive-by theft.

CCTV footage shared by mother-of-four Juanita Houpapa yesterday morning on social media shows a dark Holden Commodore driving up to “Paua” as he sniffs around out the front of their Huntingdale home.

Two men can be seen jumping out of the car and snatching Paua before driving off, just before 11am on Tuesday morning.

Ms Houpapa said a neighbour, who was driving behind the Commodore when the alleged thieves swooped in, followed them for about 100m metres before they sped off.

gen stolen puppy Paua - owner is Juanita Houpapa and son Devantae (no surname please)
Camera Icongen stolen puppy Paua - owner is Juanita Houpapa and son Devantae (no surname please) Credit: supplied

She believes those responsible for taking Paua had been scoping the area out for about an hour before the puppy was taken.

“We do know that the car had been circling,” Ms Houpapa said.

The family paid $3000 for the rare puppy but Perth breeders are advertising English Staffy pups online for up to $4500.

Police have confirmed they are investigating the incident..

Ms Houpapa and her family-of-six have been left distraught without their newest member.

“We had a sleepless night last night,” she said.

Her 15-year-old son was first to raise the alarm about their missing puppy after finding their side gate, which is usually locked, open - and Paua gone.

Ms Houpapa believes her son missed alleged thieves by just minutes.

Two men can be seen jumping out of the car and snatching Paua before driving off, just before 11am on Tuesday morning.
Camera IconTwo men can be seen jumping out of the car and snatching Paua before driving off, just before 11am on Tuesday morning. Credit: CCTV/Supplied

Social media users were quick to rally around the Huntingdale family. The post shared Ms Houpapa quickly gathered hundreds of shares by Perth users, chipping in to find the four-month-old.

“I hope you get him back,” Sarah Gwaze commented on the post.

“Unfortunately Blue Staffies are frequently stolen especially when they haven’t been desexed.”

Ms Houpapa says she has contacted local police, rangers and RSPCA and is urging anyone who may have information to report it.

You can contact Crime Stoppers on on 1800 333 000 or report the information online at crimestopperswa.com.au.

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