Sun June 17, 2012 6:03pm
POLICE search for dachshund stolen from the scene of a car crash on the Gold Coast, as community rallies to find him.
The dog, a dachshund named Tau, was in the car with his owners Des and Deidre Payne when they stopped to help the injured victims of the crash at Mermaid Waters on Saturday morning.
But their compassion was repaid with callousness when the male driver of one of the vehicles involved in the accident stole the Paynes' Mitsubishi Magna containing Tau.
The car and the seven-year-old dog, which Mr and Mrs Payne have owned since a pup, still have not been found despite an extensive media, Twitter and Facebook campaign.
"We're getting more desperate and worried,'' Mrs Payne told couriermail.com.au today.
"We're just about to start putting posters up around town to try to help us find Tau.
"There are a lot of concerned people out there helping us look but without success. It's been over 24 hours and there's been no sign of the car or Tau.''
Mrs Payne said Tau was like a child to her and her husband.
"Dachshund's don't know they're dogs, they think they're human,'' she said.
"He's so gorgeous and intelligent and to have him go missing like this is absolutely devastating.
"We're worried sick that he might still be in the car if it's been dumped somewhere.''
While 'absolutely devastated' at Tau's disappearance, Mrs Payne said she and her husband were buoyed by the community support and determination to find their dog.
"We aren't giving up - we're going to keep searching,'' she said.
Their missing car is a champagne-coloured 2001 Magna with Queensland registration 776 HMI.
Anyone who sees the car or Tau - who is brown with a white chest - should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.