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A little Tallaght boy with autism has made a heartfelt appeal for his lost dog

Mojo was last seen on a Luas on Friday.

mojo5 Source: Jessica Finnegan

BACK IN MAY, Tallaght woman Tara Matthews bought her son Sean a Chihuahua for his birthday – which he named Mojo.

Sean is ten years old and has autism – and the two have been inseparable ever since.

But last Friday Mojo went missing from their house and there’s been a huge social media campaign to find him

sean Source: Jessica Finnegan

Tara told DailyEdge.ie what happened:

Someone must have opened the door and Mojo just shot out. He’s like a rabbit. It was a couple of hours before we realised he was gone. We always have him on the lead.

The search began immediately for Mojo (who is micro-chipped):

I got my sister to drive me around the estate. We got a couple of calls from across Tallaght from people after we put it up on social media.

Someone reported back to Tara that evening that Mojo was spotted with a couple of young boys on the Luas

mojo Source: Facebook

The woman who spotted them tried to intervene:

A woman saw two young boys on the Luas with Mojo – and she was trying to buy the dog off them in order to save it. She knew they didn’t own it. Then the dog was spotted by a couple of other people saying they saw the boys getting off the Luas at Kylemore.

The family are offering a cash reward for little Mojo’s return

mojo4 Source: Facebook

But Tara was keen to stress that if anyone has him that they have other options:

If people are afraid to come forward – I just want to appeal to them that they can bring him to the pound or the vet, no questions asked.

“As a family, we’re missing him every single day”


But most of all, it’s Sean that’s been hit the hardest:

He’s in bits. He’s not sleeping properly and has been so upset. He got the dog for his birthday at the start of May – and he’s been like a little companion ever since.
He’s his only friend. Sometimes when he’s having a bad day, Mojo’s the only one to calm him down.

Any information on Mojo’s whereabouts should be sent to lost@dspca.ie.

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