Jamie Green, of September Way, Stanmore, and his beloved dog.
 

The heartbroken owner of an adorable dog has issued an appeal after it was stolen in a burglary of his house days after images of it went viral online.

Jamie Green, of September Way, Stanmore, spent £1,600 on the Chow Chow puppy as a gift for his girlfriend Joanna five weeks ago. But when a photo of the dog, named Misiu, notched up ‘likes’ from hundreds of thousands of viewers after being featured on popular culture websites such as BuzzFeed and Reddit, Jamie became concerned.

“I began getting hundreds of obsessive messages,” the 29-year-old said. "I didn’t think too much of it at the time, but I guess I just thought that these were some kids on the Internet who just liked the dog. There were some rather strange messages. I think that I was too trusting in people and a little naive as I didn't have any background in this area."

Jamie’s disabled father David, sister Roxy and mother Nicki were away on holiday on Wednesday last week when, as he returned home from work at 6pm, saw that his beloved dog had been stolen.

 

He said: "Usually he would be scratching away at the door as I would come in as he would be missing me, but he wasn’t there. It was dark, and I went into the back of the house and saw a smashed window.

"I tried to keep it a secret from my mother, I just wanted her to be enjoying her holiday and not be worrying but as the news got out my sister had got 400 messages on Facebook asking what was going on.

"My girlfriend is crying all the time because she just wants her baby back. I don’t know how someone could do this. A part of me regrets making him an online page and letting him go so viral, because it has led to his disappearance and led me and Joanna to feel empty inside.

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"But all I wanted was for his pictures to bring a smile to everyone's faces for just a few seconds a day to remind them of the good in this world."

A Harrow police forensic team believe that the burglars were wearing gloves, and only stole some of his mother’s jewellery alongside the dog.

Stanmore firm Angle Security have fixed Jamie's home with alarms free of charge after hearing about the break in.

Jamie has been interviewed about the burglary of his dog by media outlets in the states and China, but now he needs your help.

If you have either seen a similar-looking dog in the area or have any information, contact the police on their non-emergency number 101.

Support the awareness campaign to find Misiu by visiting his Facebook page.