Luke Mortimer | 25th Apr 2015 5:00 AM
FOLLOWING a break in at her Goonellabah home, Jude Costello has been on a desperate hunt for her beloved companion dog Sunny, who is blind and suffering renal failure.
Ms Costello, who lives with an acquired brain injury and mild cerebral palsy, was given the miniature fox/Tenterfield terrier by her stepfather a decade ago.
The furry little fellow has been an irreplaceable part of Ms Costello’s life ever since.
Unfortunately, a break and enter at the 31-year-old’s Camelot Estate home on Saturday resulted in damage to her property, a gate being left open and the 10-year-old terrier’s disappearance.
“I really need Sunny back,” Ms Costello lamented. “He’s my special little guy. “Sunny’s very sick. If someone sees him please return him or let someone know.
“He has problems moving around and getting around the block, so I’m not sure where he’s gone.”
Ms Costello has called Lismore City Council, local vets and animal shelters in hopes of finding her best mate but to no avail.
She’s also posted about Sunny’s disappearance on the Facebook page Lismore Lost and Found Pets on April 22.
The post mustered 40 shares and numerous comments from concerned locals by midday yesterday, including Good Samaritan Rachel Minkov.
“I just letter boxed 87 houses, I was going to do more but my printer ran out of ink. I’ll print more out when I go to uni’ tomorrow and do more over the weekend,” Ms Minkov said.
Still, there’s been no solid leads yet.
Meanwhile, Ms Costello said she’s not the only one missing Sunny.
“Tinka has stopped eating and (began) losing hair because she has lost her friend,” she said of her five-month-old fox terrier.
Ms Costello said Sunny needs to drink lots of water due to his condition but anyone who finds him should abstain from feeding him.
Sunny has no collar due to recently undergoing surgery.