Heartbroken dog owner: Please return my lifesaver

Essex County Standard: Gary Notley with Larsson Gary Notley with Larsson

A DEVASTATED dog owner pleaded for the return of his two pets, one of whom he credits with saving his life.

Gary Notley’s brown and white springer spaniels Nell and Larsson were stolen from an outbuilding.

Mr Notley, 53, said Larsson was his inspiration when he was diagnosed with leukaemia. He said: “Larsson saved my life. I was diagnosed when he was three -months-old and at first I rang the breeder to say I couldn’t take him.

“I thought about it and said: ‘It will give me something to fight for. I want this puppy because it will help me fight my illness’. It helped me through a dark period.”

He believes the Nell and Larsson may have been stolen for breeding, but Nell is spayed and Larsson is sterile.

Larsson, whom Gary got from a breeder in Sweden six years ago, had a lucky escape last year after swallowing a wine cork.

He said: “The vet didn’t repair the stitch properly. He got rushed back to the emergency vet and then to the Royal Veterinary College in London. It didn’t look like he was going to pull through, but he did.”

Mr Notley, who was forced to give up his office job after suffering a broken neck in a car accident, has had Nell since 2009.

They were stolen from Fairstead Road, Fairstead, on Friday between 7.15pm and 10.30pm.

Anyone with information can call Braintree police on 101.

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8:16am Wed 8 Jan 14

SOMETHING2SAY says...

Hope they are returned
Hope they are returned SOMETHING2SAY
  • Score: 10

2:57pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Celgarness says...

Follow the search for Nell and Larsson on Facebook 'Find Nell and Larsson' Plese help get them home safe and sound
Follow the search for Nell and Larsson on Facebook 'Find Nell and Larsson' Plese help get them home safe and sound Celgarness
  • Score: 1

10:10am Fri 10 Jan 14

strawberry1 says...

So sad :( used to have dogs and they are like members of your family hope they are found safe and sound x
So sad :( used to have dogs and they are like members of your family hope they are found safe and sound x strawberry1
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10:41am Fri 10 Jan 14

verjo says...

Pets in an outbuilding? but very sad hope they are returned.
Pets in an outbuilding? but very sad hope they are returned. verjo
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