Appeal by Bodmin family after two puppies stolen
A DISTRAUGHT family from Bodmin has been targeted by a thief who stole two puppies in separate raids.
The husky-cross pups were just a few weeks old when they were stolen from the family home in Halgavor View.
Owner Sharon Trewin said the thief had scaled a six-foot fence at the rear of the house to take the puppies.
Now she has been forced to keep the remaining pets indoors in case the thief strikes again.
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Mrs Trewin believes the person who took the puppies probably thought he was stealing pedigree husky pups which can sell for up to £600 each, but the thief had been mistaken and the animals were of little real value.
"They are not proper huskies. The father is a full husky, but the mother is a border collie – German shepherd cross, so whoever stole them will not make much money if the intention was to sell them," she said.
"We had six puppies, but only have three now. The first one was taken from the backyard when it was six weeks old, the other was stolen a week later.
"After the first one was stolen, another pup pined for her for two days and then died because they were so very close and they did everything together.
"My seven-year-old is particularly distraught about the missing puppies because she is the one who is training them.
"They like a bit of freedom, which is why we kept them in the backyard, but now we are keeping the three of them in cages in the house.
"It's not fair on them, but it is the only way we feel we can keep them safe," said Mrs Trewin.
"Whoever stole them is pretty pathetic.
"They were too young to be taken from their mother and I would appeal to anyone who has been offered one of the puppies or knows where they are being kept to contact the police," she said.
Police too are appealing for information about the stolen puppies.
The first one was stolen at about 6pm on February 12.
Bodmin police can be contacted by phoning 101, quoting crime reference BB/13/240 or people can phone Crimestoppers 0800 555111.