Boy weeps for lost pet
WHEN eight-year-old Kurtis Adams jumps into the car to head to school, his loyal dog Bones is usually following in his shadow.
The two have grown up together, united as babies and staying side-by-side ever since.
But yesterday a heartbroken Kurtis was forced to travel to school without his best friend, after Bones went missing from the family's Locke St home last Thursday.
Curtis' mum Lisa said recent reports of staffies being stolen for dog fighting had her concerned about her dog's safety.
"I know a lot of staffies have been stolen in the area for dog fights and that has me worried," she said.
"That is the last place we would want him to be. He wouldn't survive - he's too gentle."
The devastated 'staffy' owner said her fully enclosed yard was secure when Bones disappeared and she couldn't work out how he could possibly get out.
"It's weird because I was home at the time and he is not the type of dog that goes away," she said.
"He's always at the door and is one of those dogs that has to be under your feet all the time."
Mrs Adams said she bought bones eight years ago so her son would have a companion to grow up with. Bones is like part of the family.
"A lot of people say it's just a dog, but to us he is part of our family.
"He's like our son."
Since her dog's disappearance, Mrs Adams has posted on websites, distributed posters and called local authorities, to no avail.
"I have had a few people call, which has been great but it's just not the dog we are looking for," she said.
Mrs Adams said she had shed countless tears since losing her pet and just wants to have her dog home.
Bones is a chocolate staffy, with a white patch on his chest and was wearing a silver chain around his neck when he disappeared.
I know a lot of staffies have been stolen in the area for dog fights and that has me worried.