Disabled man, Chris Luby, pleas for his dog to be returned

Disabled man pleas for his dog to be returned

Chris Luby

Zeus

First published in Redbridge by

A DOG helping his owner to recover from alcoholism has been stolen, it is feared.

Chris Luby said he has struggled to cope at Christmas without his beloved Zeus, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier and French Bordeux cross.

The 52-year-old, of Audley Court, last saw Zeus when he let him into his garden while he talked to a trainer who works on the hyperactive dog's behavioural problems.

But when he went to check on the dog 15 minutes later he had disappeared and the gate to the street was wide open.

Mr Luby, who suffers a neurological problem which causes loss of memory and slurred speech. said: "The gate was locked. It has a sliding bolt that only someone leaning over the gate could unlock.There is no way he could have got out on his own.

"I fear he has been stolen. I’ve heard people steal dogs and sell them for drugs."

Mr Luby was an alcoholic for three decades but has not had a drink for two years.

He bought Zeus seven months ago to help with his recovery.

Mr Luby said: "He was my companion and my friend.

"Christmas without him was horrible. I wake up in the middle of the night and wonder where he has gone.

"He has helped me stay off the booze and helped me get out the house by taking him for walks.

"With my condition it is so easy to stay inside and drink.

"The police don’t really get involved."

Mr Luby believes Zeus was taken between 11am and 11.15am on Friday and has put posters up across South Woodford, Snaresbrook and Wanstead pleading for his stolen dog to be returned.

Zeus is brown with a white chest and was wearing a red collar at the time.

Anyone with any information can call either 07956 335924 or 07984 671114.

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2:34pm Fri 28 Dec 12

inézc says...

I'm not concerned about that, my concern lies with the dog and where he is. I hope that he is found safe and well.
I'm not concerned about that, my concern lies with the dog and where he is. I hope that he is found safe and well. inézc
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5:19pm Fri 28 Dec 12

sandradee23 says...

If you must knowMr luby is very capaable of looking aftr himself and would have not got the dog if he couldn't look after it,the issues were minor ones which is why he got someone in,you autmatically assum he is on benefits, are you always so judgemental? As for Iain Duncan Smith Mr Luby has met him many times due to his charity work, it is also incorrect that his brain disease was caused by alcohol abuse abuse its a sad fact that anyone can get it. I know this because Chris is my brother and for your information does not sit on his backside all day claiming benefits but actually volanteers mentoring young people is alchohol issues are very much in the past. So while you are hiding behind your screen making pathetic comments if you don't know the facts keep your opinios to yourself you MORON!
If you must knowMr luby is very capaable of looking aftr himself and would have not got the dog if he couldn't look after it,the issues were minor ones which is why he got someone in,you autmatically assum he is on benefits, are you always so judgemental? As for Iain Duncan Smith Mr Luby has met him many times due to his charity work, it is also incorrect that his brain disease was caused by alcohol abuse abuse its a sad fact that anyone can get it. I know this because Chris is my brother and for your information does not sit on his backside all day claiming benefits but actually volanteers mentoring young people is alchohol issues are very much in the past. So while you are hiding behind your screen making pathetic comments if you don't know the facts keep your opinios to yourself you MORON! sandradee23
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7:41pm Fri 28 Dec 12

inézc says...

Exactly sandradee, it is an unfortunately all too common misconception perpetrated by the likes of the Daily Mail that everybody on benefits is there for a career choice. Not always the case. People do not choose addiction and ill health, they happen in the most unexpected quarters and instead of sitting judging, conrnbeefur should thank his lucky stars that henor any of his family are similarly afflicted. Fortunes can turn very quickly indeed, often through no fault of someone's own and this is something that should be borne in mind. NB Cornbeefur, not everything you read in the Daily Mail is true.....
Exactly sandradee, it is an unfortunately all too common misconception perpetrated by the likes of the Daily Mail that everybody on benefits is there for a career choice. Not always the case. People do not choose addiction and ill health, they happen in the most unexpected quarters and instead of sitting judging, conrnbeefur should thank his lucky stars that henor any of his family are similarly afflicted. Fortunes can turn very quickly indeed, often through no fault of someone's own and this is something that should be borne in mind. NB Cornbeefur, not everything you read in the Daily Mail is true..... inézc
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10:38pm Fri 28 Dec 12

londonlass2012 says...

This is quite shocking. Firstly, as another dog walker I have seen Chris and his dog many times. The dog was a marvellous dog and the bond and love between them both was very evident, this is so sad to read :(
More shocking is the daft comments from Cornbeeur. Everyday you post dribble on articles.....prehaps you should get a dog and get out more, prehaps you have your own addiction of posting here daily and boring everyone with your daft and useless comments *yawn*. The owner of this dog is a braver man then you'll ever be and working hard at his recovery. I have had many chats with him and I know he is far more intelligent then you ever come across and he is a kind, proper gentleman, a really nice guy. I really hope the dog is found as these two were soulmates and both will be missing one another.
This is quite shocking. Firstly, as another dog walker I have seen Chris and his dog many times. The dog was a marvellous dog and the bond and love between them both was very evident, this is so sad to read :( More shocking is the daft comments from Cornbeeur. Everyday you post dribble on articles.....prehaps you should get a dog and get out more, prehaps you have your own addiction of posting here daily and boring everyone with your daft and useless comments *yawn*. The owner of this dog is a braver man then you'll ever be and working hard at his recovery. I have had many chats with him and I know he is far more intelligent then you ever come across and he is a kind, proper gentleman, a really nice guy. I really hope the dog is found as these two were soulmates and both will be missing one another. londonlass2012
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11:20pm Fri 28 Dec 12

SXH says...

A mans best friend is his dog, i do hope Mr Luby gets him back.


Cornbeefur requires a trainer at times its called the Guardian ban,

He has behaviour problems that get out of control most times.
A mans best friend is his dog, i do hope Mr Luby gets him back. Cornbeefur requires a trainer at times its called the Guardian ban, He has behaviour problems that get out of control most times. SXH
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9:36am Sat 29 Dec 12

myopinioncounts says...

So, who IS paying for the dog lessons and what is the nature of the 'behavioural problems'? Is the dog a danger to other dogs or humans?
So, who IS paying for the dog lessons and what is the nature of the 'behavioural problems'? Is the dog a danger to other dogs or humans? myopinioncounts
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11:15am Sat 29 Dec 12

SXH says...

I just hope the dog has not been stolen for dog fights
I just hope the dog has not been stolen for dog fights SXH
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4:47pm Sun 30 Dec 12

sandradee23 says...

Not that it's anyones business the trainer is a friend who was doing it as a favour, the dog is danger to man nor beast in fact his problem is that he is too friendly and being still a puppy can be quite exuberant at times. My brother is a responsible owner and always has the dog muzzled on walks. My concern is that people who read the comments of cornbeefhead or whatever his name is might be silly enough to believe his comments and stop looking for Zeus. All I want to do is see my brother reunited with his dog. Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to post the kind comments, God bless you all x
Not that it's anyones business the trainer is a friend who was doing it as a favour, the dog is danger to man nor beast in fact his problem is that he is too friendly and being still a puppy can be quite exuberant at times. My brother is a responsible owner and always has the dog muzzled on walks. My concern is that people who read the comments of cornbeefhead or whatever his name is might be silly enough to believe his comments and stop looking for Zeus. All I want to do is see my brother reunited with his dog. Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to post the kind comments, God bless you all x sandradee23
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11:36pm Sun 30 Dec 12

essexdogtrainer says...

I am the dog trainer/behaviourist referred to. I am fully trained and qualified and do it for a living. I see dogs from tiny puppies that have been brought home at 8 weeks old to “senior” dogs as old as 15! Peoples’ income is not an indicator of whether they will “afford” to pay for dog training or not. Just as many people on low incomes put their dog first as those on middle or higher incomes.

Zeus’s has typical puppy “behavioural problems”. He did lots of excited jumping up and puppy mouthing when he got over-excited when outside. Chris as a very responsible owner muzzled Zeus when he was out as he was aware this could scare people, but he didn’t want people thinking his lovely friendly dog was aggressive in any way, (which people assume with a muzzled dog) so asked for help. Zeus was doing brilliantly with his training and my visit on that day was to go out with Chris and Zeus without his muzzle.

As well as my paid work I do a lot of charitable work with both very well know and much smaller charities so know what terrible things can happen to dogs. Zeus is micro chipped and the best hope of getting him back is for everyone to facebook, twitter, text, message etc everyone they know and them everyone they know and so on. If enough people talk about it, someone somewhere will know where Zeus is and there will be a chance of getting this lovely puppy back to its owner.
I am the dog trainer/behaviourist referred to. I am fully trained and qualified and do it for a living. I see dogs from tiny puppies that have been brought home at 8 weeks old to “senior” dogs as old as 15! Peoples’ income is not an indicator of whether they will “afford” to pay for dog training or not. Just as many people on low incomes put their dog first as those on middle or higher incomes. Zeus’s has typical puppy “behavioural problems”. He did lots of excited jumping up and puppy mouthing when he got over-excited when outside. Chris as a very responsible owner muzzled Zeus when he was out as he was aware this could scare people, but he didn’t want people thinking his lovely friendly dog was aggressive in any way, (which people assume with a muzzled dog) so asked for help. Zeus was doing brilliantly with his training and my visit on that day was to go out with Chris and Zeus without his muzzle. As well as my paid work I do a lot of charitable work with both very well know and much smaller charities so know what terrible things can happen to dogs. Zeus is micro chipped and the best hope of getting him back is for everyone to facebook, twitter, text, message etc everyone they know and them everyone they know and so on. If enough people talk about it, someone somewhere will know where Zeus is and there will be a chance of getting this lovely puppy back to its owner. essexdogtrainer
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4:34pm Mon 31 Dec 12

barbus44 says...

Interesting to see Cornbeefer's comments appear to have been removed. Has he been "muzzled"?
Interesting to see Cornbeefer's comments appear to have been removed. Has he been "muzzled"? barbus44
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6:11pm Mon 31 Dec 12

sandradee23 says...

I am sorry I seem to have problems with my keyboard and as I was so incensed by conbeerfur's inane comments that I fired of the email without checking it, also on my last comment I meant to say Zeus was a danger neither to man nor beast. Lets hope it will be a happy new year for Chris with the return of his beloved dog there is nothing that I wold love more.
I am sorry I seem to have problems with my keyboard and as I was so incensed by conbeerfur's inane comments that I fired of the email without checking it, also on my last comment I meant to say Zeus was a danger neither to man nor beast. Lets hope it will be a happy new year for Chris with the return of his beloved dog there is nothing that I wold love more. sandradee23
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12:34pm Wed 2 Jan 13

Walthamster says...

Let's hope Zeus gets safely back to his owner.
Let's hope Zeus gets safely back to his owner. Walthamster
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11:40am Thu 3 Jan 13

Wizza_b says...

Best luck for chris and to finding his dog.

It may be a silly comment, but it was mentioned that his dog was chipped. Does this not mean they can track and find him?
Best luck for chris and to finding his dog. It may be a silly comment, but it was mentioned that his dog was chipped. Does this not mean they can track and find him? Wizza_b
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12:21pm Thu 3 Jan 13

Walthamster says...

Wizza_b wrote:
Best luck for chris and to finding his dog.

It may be a silly comment, but it was mentioned that his dog was chipped. Does this not mean they can track and find him?
Nice idea, Wizza, but I think it only means that if Zeus is taken to a vet, the vet can trace and contact his owner. Very useful if lost pets are found by someone kind enough to do this -- the vet shouldn't charge them any money. But sadly not if he's been stolen.
[quote][p][bold]Wizza_b[/bold] wrote: Best luck for chris and to finding his dog. It may be a silly comment, but it was mentioned that his dog was chipped. Does this not mean they can track and find him?[/p][/quote]Nice idea, Wizza, but I think it only means that if Zeus is taken to a vet, the vet can trace and contact his owner. Very useful if lost pets are found by someone kind enough to do this -- the vet shouldn't charge them any money. But sadly not if he's been stolen. Walthamster
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1:09am Fri 4 Jan 13

RachelLuby says...

Chris and the entire Luby family would like to thank all for their kind comments, their help in raising awarness of Zeus' theft and in particular those that looked out for him, or helped to reunite him. Zeus was found yesterday, 03 January 2012, after a phone call from a local resident who had seen him in Ilford. Although confined to a cage, and fairly underweight he was delighted when the Police rescued him and he was reunited with his master. Thankyou all so much again. Also... Cornbeefur... Unfortunately Chris now has a gold fish and goldfish bowl that needs a good home and responsible owner if you know of anybody ;-)
Chris and the entire Luby family would like to thank all for their kind comments, their help in raising awarness of Zeus' theft and in particular those that looked out for him, or helped to reunite him. Zeus was found yesterday, 03 January 2012, after a phone call from a local resident who had seen him in Ilford. Although confined to a cage, and fairly underweight he was delighted when the Police rescued him and he was reunited with his master. Thankyou all so much again. Also... Cornbeefur... Unfortunately Chris now has a gold fish and goldfish bowl that needs a good home and responsible owner if you know of anybody ;-) RachelLuby
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2:03am Fri 4 Jan 13

RachelLuby says...

RachelLuby wrote:
Chris and the entire Luby family would like to thank all for their kind comments, their help in raising awarness of Zeus' theft and in particular those that looked out for him, or helped to reunite him. Zeus was found yesterday, 03 January 2012, after a phone call from a local resident who had seen him in Ilford. Although confined to a cage, and fairly underweight he was delighted when the Police rescued him and he was reunited with his master. Thankyou all so much again. Also... Cornbeefur... Unfortunately Chris now has a gold fish and goldfish bowl that needs a good home and responsible owner if you know of anybody ;-)
We would also like to add, that although Chris has became, in the short time he spent with it, a responsible goldfish owner, taking it out on walks had proved quite tricky.
[quote][p][bold]RachelLuby[/bold] wrote: Chris and the entire Luby family would like to thank all for their kind comments, their help in raising awarness of Zeus' theft and in particular those that looked out for him, or helped to reunite him. Zeus was found yesterday, 03 January 2012, after a phone call from a local resident who had seen him in Ilford. Although confined to a cage, and fairly underweight he was delighted when the Police rescued him and he was reunited with his master. Thankyou all so much again. Also... Cornbeefur... Unfortunately Chris now has a gold fish and goldfish bowl that needs a good home and responsible owner if you know of anybody ;-)[/p][/quote]We would also like to add, that although Chris has became, in the short time he spent with it, a responsible goldfish owner, taking it out on walks had proved quite tricky. RachelLuby
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6:47pm Sat 5 Jan 13

Walthamster says...

RachelLuby wrote:
RachelLuby wrote:
Chris and the entire Luby family would like to thank all for their kind comments, their help in raising awarness of Zeus' theft and in particular those that looked out for him, or helped to reunite him. Zeus was found yesterday, 03 January 2012, after a phone call from a local resident who had seen him in Ilford. Although confined to a cage, and fairly underweight he was delighted when the Police rescued him and he was reunited with his master. Thankyou all so much again. Also... Cornbeefur... Unfortunately Chris now has a gold fish and goldfish bowl that needs a good home and responsible owner if you know of anybody ;-)
We would also like to add, that although Chris has became, in the short time he spent with it, a responsible goldfish owner, taking it out on walks had proved quite tricky.
Delighted to hear that Zeus is safely home again. Well done to all who helped find him. I trust whoever was keeping him in a cage s being prosecuted?
[quote][p][bold]RachelLuby[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RachelLuby[/bold] wrote: Chris and the entire Luby family would like to thank all for their kind comments, their help in raising awarness of Zeus' theft and in particular those that looked out for him, or helped to reunite him. Zeus was found yesterday, 03 January 2012, after a phone call from a local resident who had seen him in Ilford. Although confined to a cage, and fairly underweight he was delighted when the Police rescued him and he was reunited with his master. Thankyou all so much again. Also... Cornbeefur... Unfortunately Chris now has a gold fish and goldfish bowl that needs a good home and responsible owner if you know of anybody ;-)[/p][/quote]We would also like to add, that although Chris has became, in the short time he spent with it, a responsible goldfish owner, taking it out on walks had proved quite tricky.[/p][/quote]Delighted to hear that Zeus is safely home again. Well done to all who helped find him. I trust whoever was keeping him in a cage s being prosecuted? Walthamster
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2:15pm Sun 6 Jan 13

essexdogtrainer says...

I popped in to see Zeus and his family last night. Apart from being a little underweight he looks to have come through his ordeal well. He was happily showing all the visitors that he hadn't forgotten any of the training Chris has been doing with him and it was a delight to see such a happy dog and his master.

Cornbeefurs comments have been removed by the Guardian as he is one of those unpleasant "internet trolls" who get their kicks from writing nasty comments about anything they feel like. He has caused pain and distress for the Luby family but fortunately there are many better people than him in this world.

Zeus's family alerted the media, the police, numerous people who deal with dogs such as Dog Walkers, Vets and Animal Rescues and did a huge leaflet campaign in the local area and further a field. This dedication and determination has resulted in Zeus's speedy return because someone saw a leaflet and cared enough to help. The good people do will always outweigh the bad.
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I popped in to see Zeus and his family last night. Apart from being a little underweight he looks to have come through his ordeal well. He was happily showing all the visitors that he hadn't forgotten any of the training Chris has been doing with him and it was a delight to see such a happy dog and his master. Cornbeefurs comments have been removed by the Guardian as he is one of those unpleasant "internet trolls" who get their kicks from writing nasty comments about anything they feel like. He has caused pain and distress for the Luby family but fortunately there are many better people than him in this world. Zeus's family alerted the media, the police, numerous people who deal with dogs such as Dog Walkers, Vets and Animal Rescues and did a huge leaflet campaign in the local area and further a field. This dedication and determination has resulted in Zeus's speedy return because someone saw a leaflet and cared enough to help. The good people do will always outweigh the bad. . essexdogtrainer
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8:13pm Mon 7 Jan 13

londonlass2012 says...

This is fantasic news.....I'm so, so, so happy that they have been reunited, these two can now been soulmates again. Thanks for posting the good news....when I see them I'm going to give them the biggest hugs ever..... Lara and Rosie dog xxx
This is fantasic news.....I'm so, so, so happy that they have been reunited, these two can now been soulmates again. Thanks for posting the good news....when I see them I'm going to give them the biggest hugs ever..... Lara and Rosie dog xxx londonlass2012
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