Beloved pet dog stolen from familys back garden and sold outside pub for £300
A family dog has been found “safe and sound” after being stolen by dog thieves – for a second time in the space of one year.
The Jack Russell, called Pippa, was the subject of a two-day search after she was stolen from the family’s home in Truro on Sunday night.
After a Facebook post about the dog’s plight went viral, the owner – Ross Withers and his family – received a call to say that someone had bought the dog for £300 outside a pub in the Cornish town later that evening.
It is believed that the dog was bought just one hour after being taken from the family’s farm.
Mr Withers said that Pippa’s theft was committed by four people in one car – possibly two men and two women – who were found “shouting and messing around” on the property before fleeing with the black and tan-coloured dog.
CCTV footage of the theft shows a vehicle approaching the farm house before driving off shortly after.
According the The Mirror, by the time the family had realised what had happened, the thieves were “long gone”.
After recovering the dog, Mr Withers wrote on Facebook: “Pippa home safe n sound (sic).
“Thanks so much to everyone who has helped get her home.
“A friend rung (sic) me this morning to say I’m sure someone is walking ur (sic) dog through tresillian (a local park).
“I shot down and there she was – apparently he bought her for £300 outside a pub in Truro Sunday night.”
A similar situation happened a year ago when Pippa was returned to the family just two days after another theft.
Earlier this year, it was revealed that 196 families every month in the UK were victims of dog theft, but shockingly, only two per cent of cases resulted in a criminal charge.
The depressing stats were gathered by animal charity The Kennel Club.
The organisation questioned 45 police forces in the UK – but only 36 of those responded to the Freedom of Information request.
The results showed that there were an estimated 2,355 cases of dog theft in 2020.
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