Mother whose autistic son’s therapy dog was stolen appeals to thieves to return cockapoo after five-year-old told her ‘Santa will bring him home for Christmas’

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  • Natalie Cobden, Derbyshire, leaving a Cockapoo puppy in a kennel while on vacation
  • One-year-old puppy taken from Elvis Brookfield Farm with two other dogs
  • The dog belonged to Natalie’s five-year-old son Oscar, who used her as a pet to treat
  • Mum says son has ‘lost his share of medicine’ and begs thieves to return dog

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A mother whose autistic son’s treat dog was stolen begged thieves to return the puppy after a five-year-old told her mother that ‘Santa would bring her home for Christmas’.

Natalie Cobden of Derbyshire left her son Oscar’s one-year-old Cockapoo overnight in a kennel at Brookfield Farms while she and her family were on a trip to the Lake District.

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The puppy, Elvis, is related to Oscar, who has autism and ADHD, and relies on a therapy animal to help him with his language and emotional skills – Natalie calls the dog ‘part of his medicine.

TODAY Moms appeared on TODAY Morning to appeal to thieves who took Elvis down and insisted pet theft needs to be taken ‘more seriously’ – calling Elvis ‘part of the family.

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Natalie Cobden of Derbyshire, whose autistic son’s therapy dog ​​was stolen, begged thieves to return the puppy after the five-year-old told her mother that ‘Santa would bring her home for Christmas’

One-year-old Cockapoo Elvis was stolen from an overnight stay in a kennel at Brookfield Farms while the mother and her family were on a trip to the Lake District

One-year-old Cockapoo Elvis was stolen from an overnight stay in a kennel at Brookfield Farms while the mother and her family were on a trip to the Lake District

‘Yesterday he said “When is Elvis coming home, how long will it be?” I said “I don’t know darling, I’m watching tirelessly”. She said, “Don’t worry mom. I know Santa will bring her home.”

Natalie, a mother-in-law of two, bought Elvis for Oscar as a newborn puppy, saying the animal brought ‘magic’ to their home and helped ease her son’s ‘meltdown’.

“Elvis got us as a puppy and we were on the local breeder’s list and he is now a one year old Red Cockapoo,” said Natalie. ‘Like all puppies she is very excited, cute a little manic.’

‘Elvis came up with a little bit of magic. He was able to help Oscar develop his language and channel his emotional and social engagement with people.

Elvis is related to Oscar, who has autism and ADHD, and relies on a therapy animal to help him with his language and emotional skills – Natalie calls the dog 'part of his medicine'.

Elvis is related to Oscar, who has autism and ADHD, and relies on a therapy animal to help him with his language and emotional skills – Natalie calls the dog ‘part of his medicine’.

‘The biggest thing that really did Elvis did was help Oscar reduce the frequency and severity of recessions that seem to be a part of autism.’

In August, the family was vacationing in the Lake District when they got a call that Elvis had been stolen at night with two other dogs.

Natalie is hesitant at first to tell her children, hoping Elvis will be found, and says that Oscar still talks about his puppy every day.

‘I thought about this, wondering what can I do? what can I say? We sat down as a family and watched 101 Dalmatians, which explained it in a more visual way.

‘To say these bad guys have come and taken the dogs and the happy ending was that the dog would be back. He understood it, he understood in a way. It has not cleared their questions or confusion.

Natalie, a mother-in-law of two, bought Elvis as a newborn puppy for the Oscars, saying the animal brought 'magic' to their home and helped ease her son's 'meltdown'

Natalie, a mother-in-law of two, bought Elvis as a newborn puppy for the Oscars, saying the animal brought ‘magic’ to their home and helped ease her son’s ‘meltdown’

In August, the family was vacationing in the Lake District when they got a call that Elvis had been stolen at night with two other dogs.

In August, the family was vacationing in the Lake District when they got a call that Elvis had been stolen at night with two other dogs.

Natalie urged lawmakers to take pet theft more seriously, adding that animals are often seen as ‘commodities’, just like ‘laptops or chocolate bars’.

‘These animals that have been taken away are not property, they are family members, she said.

‘They are a big part of the family, to me Oscar has lost a part of his medicine, a part of his support to help him in his day to day. It is more than just a piece of property that has been taken.

‘I want to use this time to appeal to anyone who knows or knows Elvis has taken him to the vet, say you have found him and let them do the rest. ‘

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