Iris West, 84, pleas for safe return of her pet tortoise
PENSIONER Iris West, 84, has made a heartfelt plea for the safe return of her beloved pet tortoise, Freda, after it disappeared from her home in Brimscombe.
She believes Freda was taken from her hutch in the back garden earlier this month.
The tortoise has lived with Mrs West for 42 years.
“It is a sad ending because I have had her for so long,” said Mrs West.
“I am very miserable about it. I hate not knowing what has happened to her.
“I feel like I have lost a friend, a soul mate. She was part of the family.”
Mrs West said a man entered her back garden through a side gate and picked up the tortoise around 10am on Thursday, October 10.
He is described as white, clean shaven, around 5ft 8in tall and he was wearing a tweed cap. “I tapped on the window to get his attention but he just kept walking,” said Mrs West.
“I went outside and couldn’t see Freda. I looked everywhere."
Mrs West believes the man took Freda because, she said, he was in such a hurry.but I knew he had taken her because he went in such a hurry.”
Freda arrived on Mrs West’s doorstep 42 years ago.
“She was a stray,” said Mrs West. “Some children found her near Swell’s Hill and asked if I could take her in.”
Neighbourhood wardens from Stroud District Council have been handing out leaflets to neighbours and putting up posters in the area.
Mrs West said she is willing to give a reward for information leading to the recovery of Freda and the conviction of anyone who may have taken her.
“I miss her dreadfully she was just ready to hibernate that is why it is even more worrying,” she said. “I can only hope she has gone to a good home.”
Anyone who has any information about the wherabouts of the missing pet is asked to call Gloucestershire police on 101 quoting incident 197 of Thursday, October 10.
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