Grieving mum pleads for return of son’s stolen dog

Norma Prendiville

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Norma Prendiville

A GRIEVING Kerry mother has begged Limerick readers to help her find the Chihuahua which was her son Brian’s constant companion until his tragic death earlier this year. The Chihuahua, Minnie, was stolen from Marion O’Connor’s Tralee home early last month and she believes Minnie could now be in the Patrickswell area.

A GRIEVING Kerry mother has begged Limerick readers to help her find the Chihuahua which was her son Brian’s constant companion until his tragic death earlier this year. The Chihuahua, Minnie, was stolen from Marion O’Connor’s Tralee home early last month and she believes Minnie could now be in the Patrickswell area.

She is desperate to get Minnie back as the nine-year-old Chihuahua has been her main comfort since Brian died by suicide last January. “She is no use to anyone else,” Marion told the Limerick Leader

Minnie has been missing since September 2 when two children were seen coming into her yard. Gardai in Tralee investigated the theft and Marion carried out her own enquiries. But she now believes the children’s father may have moved on the dog to a relation in the Patrickswell areaA short while ago, Marion travelled with a Garda to the Patrickswell area and went with other Gardai to a particular house. There, she saw a Chihuahua she believes was not Minnie – but one of Minnie’s offspring.

However, she is still convinced Minnie is in the area. “I have offered to buy the dog back,” she says, pointing out that there would be no market for a nine-year-old Chihuahua. Marion’s son Brian Devane got the dog on his 14th birthday but since his death in January Minnie has become very special and very important to Marion – and a comfort to her in her grief.“This dog has a close connection with Brian. She was his pet. They were always together. I think of Brian every minute and hour of the day,” she says. “Minnie was company.”

Marion’s only hope now is that someone will recognise Minnie from the photograph or has some information. And she has appealed to the thieves to listen to the good in their own hearts. “She’s a light for me and there will be no consequence as regards the law, I just ask them to bring her back.”