BREEDER Amy Cole says her two-year-old bulldog Tank is no fighter, and has offered a $5000 reward for his safe return.
Tank was stolen from a backyard in Regiment Road, Rutherford, between 6.30am and midday on Friday.
Ms Cole says she fears the beloved Australian bulldog was targeted because of his breed and may be trained to fight.
‘‘I’m extremely worried that he might be used for dogfighting,’’ Ms Cole said.
Tank had been in NSW for just six days when he was taken.
Ms Cole, who also owns Tank’s sister and her pup Blueberry, was sent the dog from Western Australia.
His previous owner is a fly-in fly-out worker ‘‘who wanted to make sure Tank had a good home’’.
‘‘He was just starting to settle in,’’ Ms Cole said. ‘‘I just feel so terrible, not just for the dog but for those people because I promised I’d look after him.’’
Ms Cole has spent the weekend dropping thousands of flyers in letterboxes, printing posters and attempting to track Tank down.
The reward has been offered in the hope someone might know where Tank was taken.
‘‘We just don’t know how we’re going to get him back,’’ Ms Cole said.
Tank was wearing a black studded collar with a gold tag.