A dog fan is alerting individuals to be on the alert when out walking their animals after fraudsters attempted to take his admired Hungarian Vizsla.
Documentary maker Steven O’Riordan and his partner Mark Fitzgerald rescued 2 years of age Molly just recently from a family who no longer desired her.
While walking Molly on Monday night and waiting to cross the roadway at traffic control in the Dublin 9 location, Steven was sidetracked by a male who came near him trying to find help.
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“Molly was sitting at the traffic lights by my left side on the lead waiting to cross when a male started shouting ‘Help, Help,” Steven informed this paper.
“He was on my right hand side and tried to show me his phone and I tried to look at what he was showing me but I couldn’t see anything. I tried to do what I could to help,” kind-hearted Steven continued.
And little did he understand at the time, while providing this man his attention, another male originated from behind and unhooked Molly off her cause get her.
“The very first man was certainly an interruption strategy. A female in her car who saw what occurred screamed ‘They are trying to rob your dog!’ as Molly bolted throughout the roadway into traffic.
“The woman got out of her car and tried to stop traffic and I ran into the middle of the road after Molly. I managed to corner her on the path. Honest to God, my legs were like jelly.”
He said both he and Molly returned home quickly and he ended up being so upset when he really understood what went on.
“I started crying and asking myself what actually happened. It was crazy. It was a complete shock,” he said, including that all of it occurred so rapidly.
Steven said somebody attempting to take his dog while out walking never ever would have entered his mind.
“I’m mindful that a Hungarian Vizsla is an extremely desired dog and certainly much-loved obviously by dog owners. I simply would not have actually had that in my mind walking around, specifically because she is a rescue dog to us,” he included.
“They saw an opportunity to try and steal a valuable dog and I totally fell for the first male pretending he wanted help,” he said, alerting other dog walkers to stay alert.
“Molly is now home safe and sound with lots of kisses and cuddles. All I can say is to be alert for scammers as I still can’t believe it happened.”
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