Mother desperate plea to find daughter’s ‘stolen therapy dog’ from Walsall

The mother of a nine-year-old girl with severe anxiety has appealed for help tracking down her daughter’s ‘therapy dog’ after it was ‘stolen’ in Walsall.

Simba, a three-year-old Chihuahua, was believed to have been pinched from Summer Norton’s home near to Wilkes Avenue, Bentley, on Tuesday, July 7.

Her mother Emma says the pooch is used to help keep her daughter calm and is indispensable in helping her cope with her condition.

She even takes part in TikTok videos with the youngster, who is now devastated.

“Summer can’t function without him,” she said. “They are inseparable.  He helps her calm down – she’s her best friend.

“She has been on the floor in hysterics because of this theft – it’s heart-breaking to see. We have had to move her to my parents’ house to try and calm her down.

“I’ve been out until 2 or 3am in the pouring rain and I am going out again,” the 30-year-old added. “I just come home to change my clothes before heading back out – I must have walked about 50 miles desperately looking for him.”

Emma Norton, Summer and Simba. (Image: Handout)

The mum-of-five says the tiny pooch was last seen being put into a silver van in Churchill Road but is unsure if it was taken from the garden or managed to escape.

“It’s not like her to get out,” she said. “Simba also suffers from anxiety so doesn’t like going out – so it would be strange for him to run off.

“We didn’t think anything was wrong as he usually hides under the bed and he is so small that you can’t find him. But when he didn’t come for his food we know it must be serious.”

The family has since issued appeals on social media, asking people in the local area to share Simba’s picture.

“I’ve been contacted by people who have told me that a couple picked the dog up and put it into the back of a silver van,” she told BlackCountryLive. “The witnesses have taken their CCTV footage to the police and they are now treating it as a theft.

“My children are absolutely devastated, our family isn’t complete without our baby.”

West Midlands Police has been contacted for information but anyone with information is urged to call 101, quoting crime reference number 20ws/159301E/20.

Simba’s DogLost Timeline: https://doglost.co.uk/dog-blog.php?dogId=158246

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