Billionaire offers big reward for missing Swedish dog

An anonymous billionaire has offered 100,000 kronor ($15,876) to aid the recovery of a stolen Swedish dog, according to reports.

“To steal a poor defenceless dog, that’s really low. With this money, they (the robbers) can buy a lot of dogs,” the Scandinavian billionaire, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told tabloid Aftonbladet.

The dog, named Bamse, is a seven-year-old cross between a griffon breed and a Yorkshire. It was stolen two weeks ago from its owners Maina and Lars Ullstrand in Norrköping in eastern Sweden.

The couple have searched for their beloved pet night and day and are desperate to have him returned.

“We’re in total despair. He’s like a child to us,” Lars Ullstrand, 60, told the paper when it first reported the dognapping.

The couple were however overjoyed upon hearing news of the anonymous donor’s reward.

“It’s nice to know that there is someone out there who cares about us. It makes me want to cry,” Maina Ullstrand said.