A woman from Arnold described the moment she noticed that her dog and its eight pups had been stolen from her home.
Kayleigh Levy, 33, left her home just before 2 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon, May 25.
She returned to the property on Coppice Road at 2:10 p.m. and was appalled to find out what had happened while she was away.
She said, “I left my house at 1.55pm and got back home by 2.10pm – it was literally only 15 minutes.
“I came back and my back doors had been opened wide and I noticed the dogs had gone. My heart just sank – I ran around the house trying to find them, but I knew they had been taken.
“I am absolutely broken. The police are watching video surveillance and trying to find out what exactly happened.
“The pups won’t be old until six weeks later this week. It would mean absolutely anything if found, it would be absolutely brilliant.”
The French Bulldog pups – three blue and five white – are said to be around six weeks old and each wore colored Velcro straps.
The mother Luna is described as gray / blue with a white spot on her chest and is said to be loving and attentive.
Nottinghamshire Police Department Detective Sergeant Gary Hewson said, “This was a bold theft, apparently targeted specifically at these animals.
(Image: Kayleigh Levy)
“Our investigations are ongoing and we are determined to reunite these animals with their rightful owner as soon as possible. To this end, we would like to speak not only to anyone who witnessed suspicious activity on Coppice Road yesterday afternoon, but also to anyone who has seen or put one of these dogs for sale.
“We understand how important people’s dogs are to them, and we treat this crime with the utmost seriousness.”
In March this year, Nottinghamshire Police Department became the first in the country to appoint a dedicated senior officer to deal with the growing nationwide problem of dog and pet theft.
The chief inspector Amy Styles-Jones, who has three dogs of her own, works to ensure that all thefts are thoroughly investigated and that as many incidents as possible are prevented.
She said, “I want to make it clear that dog theft is a crime that we take very seriously and that we are working very hard to address this issue and to get some key messages out there to all dog owners. In this case, we are not only concerned about a break-in, but also about the welfare of these animals.
“I also want to give some advice to anyone thinking of buying a dog. Make sure the seller is a reputable breeder who specializes in one or two breeds and has considerable expertise. If you have concerns about the transaction you are going through or if something just doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t and you should walk away. “
Anyone who has seen the incident or has information is encouraged to contact 101 stating Incident 348, dated May 25, 2021.