Saturday 24 February 2018

Woman heartbroken after man she met on an online dating app swipes her West Highland Terrier

Roxanne Thompsen's dog was swiped by a man she met on an online dating site.
Roxanne Thompsen's dog was swiped by a man she met on an online dating site.
Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy

A woman has been left devastated after a man she met through an online dating app swiped her beloved West Highland Terrier as well as several items of valuable jewellery.

Roxanne Thompson (46) from Brooklyn, New York, is forlorn with worry after the man she matched with on US dating app stole her terrier Terror after the pair had been on a string of dates over the course of a few months.

The woman had been on a number of coffee and dinner dates with her online match throughout a six month period, before he ran away with her beloved pet.

The man offered to walk Terror after an overnight stay while Thompson prepared breakfast but he never returned and she has not seen either of them since.

Several gold chains to the value of more than €500 were also stolen from her home.

“I beat myself up every day because it’s my fault that I let some devil come into my house and my baby’s paying for it now,” Thompson told DNA Info.

 “[Terror's] my pride and joy and my heart hurts every day for him.”

The alleged dog-napper has been contacted by the authorities but denied the allegations.

He revealed that the pair had gotten into an argument and he walked the dog as an escape.

“I left the gate open... I just left the dog,” he said.

He said he believed Terror would just stay in the garden. “It usually barks for her... I ran towards the train.”

Terror has been missing for over a week and Thompson has offered a $500 reward for his safe return.

“If I ever get him back he’s going to the doctor to get a check-up and he’s getting a microchip right then and there,” she said.

“I’ll never let anyone close to him [again].”

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