VOLUNTEERS still hunting for a puppy in training to become an assistance dog now fear she may have been stolen.
It’s now 10 days since a massive search operation was launched to find golden labrador Opal, which went missing in fields near Uttoxeter Racecourse.
But there has so far been no sign of the 13-month old animal and owners Canine Partners have no new information despite offering a substantial reward.
Ronnie Paskouis, a spokesman for the charity, said: “It’s been a week and a half since Opal went missing and we’re massively concerned for her safety.
“We mounted a big search for her and it’s still going on, but there have been no sightings at all.
“We’re now fearing that she may have been stolen – or perhaps taken home by someone who doesn’t realise her importance to us.
“Opal is an extremely valuable animal that could one day care for someone with a physical disability, so it’s vital that we find her.
“We’re urging members of the public to keep an eye out and get in touch if they have information.”
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