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Thursday, 17 April 2014

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Millom family devastated after puppy stolen

CALLOUS thieves have left a Millom family devastated after snatching a three-week-old puppy from a garden shed.

Cumbria police have issued an appeal for information following the theft from a house in Queen’s Park, Millom, earlier this month.

However, following the theft concerns about further dog-napping incidents have been circulating on social media websites.

The Patterdale terrier was taken overnight on October 3 from the home of Tony Shepherd, and the incident was reported to police at 1.20pm the following day.

The puppy was one of a litter of six – and its owners said it would not be able to survive without its mother.

A post on a Millom Facebook page by Mr Shepherd’s daughter, Donna Shepherd, said: “Just to let everyone know that one of these three-week-old Patterdale dogs was pinched from my dad’s dog shed through the night/ morning.

“The sad person has only taken one of the six so can everyone please share as we would like it back as it won’t survive without its mother.”

Ms Shepherd also said the incident had left three children upset.

Further warnings about attempted thefts were posted on Friday, after Dawn Attwood, of Haverigg, found signs that intruders had entered her garden and opened her kennel door.

Ms Attwood posted: “Just to let everyone with dogs to beware. We had visitors in our garden last night!

“They had also opened the kennel. Luckily the dog wasn't in it, but be alert dog napping is on the increase.”

A spokeswoman for Cumbria police said: “If anyone has any information on the whereabouts of the missing puppy they should contact us on 101 and quote crime number 163 from October 4.”

Charity Dog Lost, which works to trace stolen dogs, said instances of dognapping have increased by almost 20 per cent in recent years with around 3,500 cases incidents believed to have taken place in 2012.

It is believed many animals are stolen to order and sold to people in other parts of the country.

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