A DEVASTATED owner fears her dog may have been stolen for breeding or use in illegal fights.
Luisa Scuderi claims the family's beloved Siberian husky, Dexter, was taken from the backyard of their Tharbogang home on Saturday, May 24.
Miss Scuderi said she returned home mid morning to find the large gate had been opened and Dexter missing.
"It is impossible for Dexter to open the gate himself, so we have to assume he's been stolen," Miss Scuderi said.
According to Miss Scuderi there have been a number of similar reports of premises being entered and dogs taken locally.
"Some dogs may be valuable, others taken for breeding or more disturbingly, taken for dog fighting which I have heard is sadly still going on," she said.
"It's only speculation and I hope it's not true. I really hope whoever took him is just using him for breeding; at least I know he'll be looked after.
"I also heard that two Siberian husky's were taken at Yenda last week and found shot dead."
The Scuderi family have offered a $2000 reward for Dexter's safe return or information leading to his recovery.
"Dexter is a very important part of our family. It's hard to put a price on him," Miss Scuderi said.
"We miss him so much. We would give anything to bring him home. We hope that all dog owners are aware of what is going on and take extra measures to protect and safeguard their dogs."
Anyone with information should contact the Scuderi family on 6963 6363.
Griffith police Inspector John Wadsworth said they had not received any reports of dog fights, however they would be "very interested to know if it was occurring in Griffith."