A BUNDABERG woman is desperately trying to find her two dogs after they went missing from their yard on Melbourne Cup Day.
Dee Venner said she believed her dogs - Madar and Peppa - had been stolen from her West Bundaberg home.
"We believe someone entered our yard, turned off our electric boundry fence and took the dogs," she said.
"But they left the gate open so we thought they may have wandered out of it, but we believe they have been stolen."
Mrs Venner has spent the last week looking for her family's pets and a loyal group of locals on Facebook have been sharing photos of the missing dogs.
"We have driven almost to Childers chasing possible sightings all over Bundaberg and surrounding areas looking for them," she said.
"My sons and I walked through the drains that run behind my house looking for them, we've walked the river banks near Queens Park, we have had overwhelming support from lovely people on facebook sites who are helping look for my babies."
Mrs Venner said her family was not the same without their dogs.
"We aren't coping well at all; the kids are devastated and I am as well," she said.
"Peppa was a huge part of our healing process after losing our 14-year-old staffy to old age."
Mrs Venner said it seemed like too many dogs were going missing from yards lately.
"There are so many missing dogs right now, mostly of the same breed," she said.
"Many people are talking about illegal dog fighting in Bundaberg or surrounding areas.
"We pray this isn't the case, but it's not good at all that so many residents are losing their beloved pets."
Mrs Venner said the missing dogs were mother and son.
"Mum is white with unique brindle patches, her pup is male and tan in colour white chest markings, mum is desexed and microchipped, both love people and kids," Mrs Venner posted on Facebook.
"We just want them back, both are wearing black electronic collars."
In October, the NewsMail reported on a dog that had been stolen from a yard in Bundaberg that was later found dumped and injured near Dalby.
HAVE YOU SEEN THEM?
- Madar is a tan colour staffy. He is less than a year old.
- Peppa is a purebred English staffy and is almost three years old. Peppa is Madar's mum.
- Both went missing from their home near Salter Oval on Tuesday, November 3.