Mother reveals five-year-old autistic son's therapy dog was stolen

Mother whose autistic son’s therapy dog was stolen appeals to thieves to return cockapoo after five-year-old told her ‘Santa will bring him home for Christmas

  • Natallie Cobden, ダービーシャー, left Cockapoo puppy in kennel while on holiday
  • One-year-old pup Elvis taken along with two other dogs from Brookfield Farm
  • Dog belonged to Natallie’s five-year-old son Oscar who used him as therapy pet
  • Mum says son has ‘lost part of his medicineand begged thieves to return dog
  • A mother whose autistic son’s therapy dog was stolen has begged thieves to return the puppy after the five-year-old told his mum ‘Santa would bring him home for クリスマス‘.

    Natallie Cobden, from Derbyshire, left her son Oscar’s one-year-old Cockapoo overnight in a kennel in Brookfield Farm while she and her family were on a trip to the Lake District.

    The puppy, Elvis, belongs to Oscar, who has autism and ADHD, and relies on the therapy animal to help his language and emotional skillswith Natallie calling the dog ‘part of his medicine’.

    Today the mother appeared on This Morning to appeal to the thieves who took Elvis and insisted that pet theft needs to be taken ‘more seriously’ – calling Elvis ‘part of the family’.








    Natallie Cobden, from Derbyshire, whose autistic son's therapy dog was stolen has begged thieves to return the puppy after the five-year-old told his mum 'Santa would bring him home for Christmas'

    Natallie Cobden, from Derbyshire, whose autistic son’s therapy dog was stolen has begged thieves to return the puppy after the five-year-old told his mum ‘Santa would bring him home for Christmas

    One-year-old Cockapoo Elvis was stolen while staying overnight in a kennel in Brookfield Farm while the mum and her family were on a trip to the Lake District

    One-year-old Cockapoo Elvis was stolen while staying overnight in a kennel in Brookfield Farm while the mum and her family were on a trip to the Lake District

    ‘Yesterday he saidWhen is Elvis is coming home, how long will it be?” 私は言った “I don’t know darling, I’m looking tirelessly”. 彼は言った, “Don’t worry mummy I know Santa will bring him home.

    Mother-of-two Natallie bought Elvis for Oscar as a newborn puppy and said the animal brought ‘magicto their house and helped reduce her son’s ‘meltdowns’.

    ‘Elvis we got as a pup and we were on the list for the local breeder and he’s now a one-year-old red cockapoo’, said Natallie. ‘Like all puppies he’s very excitable lovable a little bit manic.

    ‘Elvis brought a little bit of magic. He was able to help Oscar develop his language and channel his emotional and social engagements with people.

    Elvis belongs to Oscar, who has autism and ADHD, and relies on the therapy animal to help his language and emotional skills - with Natallie calling the dog 'part of his medicine'

    Elvis belongs to Oscar, who has autism and ADHD, and relies on the therapy animal to help his language and emotional skillswith Natallie calling the dog ‘part of his medicine

    ‘The biggest thing Elvis really did was help Oscar reduce the frequency and severity of meltdowns that are a part of autism.

    8月に, the family were holidaying in the Lake District when they got a call saying Elvis had been stolen during the night along with two other dogs.

    Natallie was hesitant to tell her kids at first, hopeful that Elvis would be found, and says Oscar still talks about his puppy every day.

    ‘I did think about this, thinking what can I do? 何と言えばいい? We sat down as a family and watched 101 ダルメシアン, which kind explained it in a more visual way.

    ‘To say these bad men have come in and taken the dogs and the happy ending was that the dog would return. He grasped it, he kind of understood. It hasn’t eliminated his questions or confusion.

    Mother-of-two Natallie bought Elvis for Oscar as a newborn puppy and said the animal brought 'magic' to their house and helped reduce her son's 'meltdowns'

    Mother-of-two Natallie bought Elvis for Oscar as a newborn puppy and said the animal brought ‘magicto their house and helped reduce her son’s ‘meltdowns

    8月に, the family were holidaying in the Lake District when they got a call saying Elvis had been stolen during the night along with two other dogs

    8月に, the family were holidaying in the Lake District when they got a call saying Elvis had been stolen during the night along with two other dogs

    Natallie urged lawmakers to take pet theft more seriously, adding that animals are often seen as a ‘commodityin the same way as a ‘laptop or chocolate bar’.

    ‘These animals that are taken, they’re not property, they’re members of the family, 彼女は言いました.

    ‘They’re a huge part of the family , for me Oscar has lost part of his medicine, part of his aid to help him in his day to day. It’s more than just a piece of property that’s been taken.

    ‘I would like to use this time to appeal to anyone who knows Elvis or knows where he is take him to a vet say you found him and let them do the rest.

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