UPDATE: Charges laid over disappearance of bull terrier Ned
THE hunt for Ned isn't dead with a man charged in relation to bull terrier's disappearance which sparked a Queensland-wide search.
The 26-year-old man --- listed as living near Noosa on the Sunshine Coast --- has been charged with fraud and will appear in Southport Magistrates court on January 28.
Ned is still missing and New South Wales Bull Terrier Rescue have offered a $1500 reward for any information leading to his safe return.
Bull terrier Ned allegedly disappeared after he was moved from New South Wales to Queensland for a 14 day trial with a new owner reportedly living on the Gold Coast.
Police had previously stated the issue was a civil matter; and today would not release any more details on what new evidence led to the arrest saying "the matter is now before the court".
The hashtag #bringbackned is being used on social media as part of the campaign to find Ned.
A STATEWIDE hunt is on for bull terrier Ned who has disappeared under mysterious circumstances.
The search area stretches from Bundaberg to the Gold Coast - where Ned was supposed to be re-homed.
Bull terrier Ned was taken in by New South Wales Bull Terrier Rescue and put up for adoption.
But four hours after he was handed over to a man on November 14, an ad featuring Ned appeared on Gumtree.
NSW rescuer Erin Parnell lost contact with the man who was to adopt Ned, and now those involved fear the worst: that Ned has either been killed, dumped, handed over to pig hunters or even worse, put in a dog fighting ring.
Three days ago rescuer Erin Parnell, who arranged the trial, claims she received an anonymous phone call, from someone using a device to disguise their voice, warning her to back off.
"The person said; 'if you don't stop the hunt for Ned your dogs will get what he got'," Ms Parnell said.
"Honestly - I think he's dead - or he's been dumped.
"This has never happened before and none of it makes sense.
"I have almost quit rescue over this; and that's the only thing in my life I have a passion for.
"I haven't slept properly for a week.
"I was the one who spoke to (the man). I arranged the transport. It's on me that he went there. I can't tell you the guilt I feel."
Another man, Nathan, who asked not to have his surname published, dropped Ned off and said as soon as he met the man, he had a "bad feeling".
"He showed up with no lead and seemed more interested in our dog than Ned," Nathan said.
"He kept questioning us about where we lived and patting our dog.
"I knew that it was wrong from the very first minute. We wanted to call Erin and tell her, but this guy had passed the application process, so it was a bit awkward.
"If (the man) hasn't given him away or sold him I would say he's being used in a dog fighting ring; particularly because he is feisty and doesn't really like other dogs."
Ned desperately needs medication and vet treatment to have a cancerous testicle removed.
He is a white male Bull Terrier with a black right ear.
A $1500 reward has been offered for his safe return.
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