Police have launched an urgent appeal for anyone knowing the whereabouts of Summer Hill-area residents holidaying on the South Coast who had left their pets in the care of a sitter.
A Shoalhaven police inspector has told Fairfax Media the sitter has suffered a stroke and cannot communicate the address of the home where the animals are confined or the owners’ names.
The stroke victim’s son believes the pets’ owners were from the Summer Hill area, in Sydney’s inner west, and at least one cat and one dog have now gone without food or water for at least five days.
It is understood the owners were holidaying somewhere “down the coast” – which could mean anywhere from the Illawarra to the Victorian border.
The Summer Hill Village Vet said the stroke victim’s son contacted them.
“His dad was looking after a dog and cat in Summer Hill for potentially the next two weeks but had a stroke and is unable to communicate,” the surgery said.
“He has no idea where the animals are, descriptions, names, addresses etc but needs to try and find them as they have no one caring for them. Any chance this rings a bell?
“Family with two cats and one dog that travel frequently down the coast and had one of their cats euthanised in the last few months?”
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any information and also message Summer Hill Village Vet Facebook page.