The tale of the missing Yorkshire terrier, snatched from outside a shop in Omagh, captured the imagination of the local public as people all over West Tyrone got involved in the search for 12-year-old 'Rascal'. Thankfully the story had a happy ending...of sorts.
You may remember that the dog was stolen from outside Poundstretcher in Omagh on Tuesday, December 18. His owner, Kavina Ferris, and the community as a whole were outraged.
CCTV footage showed 'Rascal' had been 'dognapped' by three ladies, believed to be in their 50s, one of them pushing a buggy and dressed in black with fur on the back of her coat while another, according to an eyewitness, was dressed in a red coat with red leggings and black boots.
Kavina issued a plea for everyone to get involved and help her find her beloved pooch. She explained 'Rascal' not only had breathing problems and needed regular medication but, along with her other dog 'Runty' had belonged to her late mother.
"They helped me get through the pain when she passed away," she said.
She added: "It's killing me, I can't stop crying. If the people who took him just brings him to a local shop or vet for me to collect. I just want him back. I don't honestly don't want the woman to be done or anything, all I want is for him [Rascal] to come home safe and sound."
Full story in this week's Tyrone Constitution...