THE owner of five dogs, stolen in the middle of the night from her home, has made an impassioned appeal to try and get her beloved pets back.
Kathleen Owen told how thieves nicked four female Chihuahuas and one female Pug from an outdoor pen at her home on Springfield Road, Kilnhurst.
The offenders broke through the padlocked shed-like structure some time between 8.30pm on Tuesday, January 4, and 11am on Wednesday, January 5.
Mrs Owen, 58, has now made an appeal for anyone with information about the thieves, or the whereabouts of her dogs, to contact police.
She said: “I was absolutely gutted, I could not believe they had gone. Who would do such a thing?
“The Pug was my daughter’s pet, and she had spent around £500 birthday money to buy her.
“We gave a lot of love and affection looking after these dogs. We just don’t know where they are or what has happened to them.
“If anyone has any information, please call the police. We are desperate to get them back.”
A police spokeswoman added that the dogs are micro-chipped and very friendly.
They are described as being:
* A three-year-old Pug, which is fawn coloured, with a black muzzle and black on the tips of its ears
* A three-year-old Chihuahua with a long, red/ginger coloured coat and a white chest
* A three-year-old Chihuahua with a long coat that is mainly brown, a black muzzle and black ears
* A two-and-a-half–year-old Chihuahua with a long coat. Mainly black with tan coloured legs and chest
* An 18-month old Chihuahua with a long coat. This dog is described as having quite rare ginger colouring with white markings
Anyone with information about the crime, or who may have seen the dogs, is asked to contact PC Alan Robson at Rawmarsh Police Station on 01142 20 20 20.