After the support of personalities like David Hallyday, Dominique Farrugia or Julien Doré, the movement around the theft of his puppy Sunny exploded. But so far, Nathalie has not found him. He was reluctant to resume his job as a pet-sitter (pet walker), still traumatized by the theft, in his presence, of his miniature American shepherd Sunny, three months ago, on April 29, 2022 in Plouarzel (29), near Porsévigné beach. The animal is four months old.
La Brestoise has also been touched by other robberies or attempts, such as on June 22, 2022, in the new district of Messioual, near the Spernot factory in Brest. The owner also filed a complaint: a man and a woman (as described by Nathalie) allegedly baited the beagle with food.
A stolen dog is treated like someone who stole my cell phone
Since then, Nathalie launched the Waf association, to help people and animals who experience such an episode. A video clip and an application, in particular, are being prepared. La Brestoise has the feeling that the gendarmerie of Saint-Renan (29) is not improving, because of the lack of means “and because a stolen dog is treated as if someone stole my mobile phone”, regretting- he, “while the law recognizes since January 2015 that animals are sentient beings endowed with sensitivity”. He also knows that the animal protection brigade is an association based on volunteers, which wastes a lot of time looking for information, on different sites, when it investigates. Hence the idea of creating an application, Waf, that will make it more efficient to find stolen dogs.
Third world traffic
“The beta version will be ready in September for the investigators. Once validated, it will be available to the general public, before the end of the year, so that people can send photos and information, for example to suspicious vehicles”, specified Nathalie, who knows the magnitude of the event in the face of the number of calls she has received in the last three months.
In the meantime, the young woman learned that animal trafficking is the third largest in the world, after arms and drugs. He is interested in various cases, in Finistère at the moment, such as “this traffic of puppies that was broken between Morlaix and Carhaix last winter, which seems to continue”.
A Waf brigade and a Waf family
Waf is the name of one of Julien Doré’s songs, whose lyrics Nathalie and other volunteers will hijack to shoot a clip in the coming weeks to raise awareness of this cause. “We also want to create a Waf brigade, which will monitor the networks, also a Waf family, to support the victims of theft in their efforts. My lawyer, maybe students of psychology or psychiatry, will help . When I think of these retired couples, not consoled because they no longer have their little dog… Not everyone can afford these services! »
On a personal level, Nathalie still plans to take a training course in September on animal mediation. To comfort, with the help of animals, the elderly in palliative care or disabled children (“autism touched me a lot”). But the return to walking dogs on the streets is not won.