A worried north Dublin dog owner has pleaded with the public for help finding his beloved pet who is feared stolen.
Armando Boduljak’s chihuahua Aki has been missing since June 28 after he got free and was then chased by a man in Drumcondra.
Armando told Dublin Live: “I was just across at Fagan’s pub where I usually walk them, I have two dogs.
“Aki just ran across the road, I don’t know why, and when he went across the road I went to catch him of course.
“He ran away a little bit and then the guy started chasing them towards the city centre. I chased after them for a few minutes but it was dark and I lost track of the dog and the guy.”
Armando immediately shared information about Aki’s disappearance on social media and put missing posters up locally.
He initially got some promising leads but has so far been unable to track down the cute three-year-old pup.
“I got phone call from a lady who said she saw him in Ballybough so I went into a pub in the area and two more people told me they saw him but after that, nothing,” he said.
And one cruel person even contacted Armando claiming that his precious pet was dead.
“I got a phone call from a private number saying the dog was in Ashtown,” he said.
“I asked for a location and would come and give them a reward and they replied, ‘your dog is dead’.
“I said it doesn’t matter if he’s dead, I just wanted an address to come and collect him, dead or alive.
“It doesn’t matter, at least I’d know. Then the guy just hung up the phone so I think Aki is alive for sure.”
Armando has offered a reward for Aki’s safe return and has urged anyone with any information to contact him.
He added: “It’s not a problem about money, feelings are something else. It’s not about money.”
Dublin Live has contacted gardai for comment.