On a Tuesday afternoon much like any other a family was going about their business in Didcot, Oxfordshire. The dogs were playing in the yard and the owners decided that the dogs would be safe in the yard and they could go to a field not far away. While they were in the field they looked over at their house to check on their dogs and saw a silver Mitsubishi next to their home. They ran back to the house but were too late to stop the thieves from driving off with their dogs. All it took was a matter of minutes and 6 of their dogs had been taken right from their own enclosed yard. The worst thing imaginable had happened their babies stolen the dogs aged between 8mths-9yrs and all the owners could do at that point was contact the police.
The police were called immediately and told about what had occurred. They immediately went to work helping the family get their dogs back by investigating the lead they had about the vehicle and armed with the microchip numbers of the dogs they started to get the word out. Later that evening the oldest of the dogs returned on its own to the owners front door step. It is believed that when the gate was open and the thieves were convincing the other dogs to go with them the oldest got scared and ran away. That left 5 dogs still missing. Word of the theft was by this time spreading around the globe in a concerted effort to put pressure on the thieves to just give back the dogs as they were becoming a very hot item. Word was spread all over Facebook, flyers were put up locally, and local pet establishments as well as eateries were notified and asked to put the word out to their customers. That night a Facebook Group was set up to help spread as much information as possible as far as possible in hopes of getting all the dogs home safely.
On the 28th two of the stolen dogs Harriet and Gus were found by Police wandering in Tadley about 25 miles from their home in a park near a gypsy camp. Police believe there was too much attention on these dogs as the news had traveled far and wide by then and the thieves let them go in order to seem less conspicuous with less dogs. Harriet and Gus are now home with their owners being loved and cared for thanks to the local police for taking the theft seriously.
Once the two dogs were found business around the Tadley area were asked to put up posters and tell their customers about the missing dogs in hopes that they would also be released or turned over to police. Everyone from local firefighters, to mail carriers, pet store employees, and church clergy are on the look out for the 3 missing dogs. Earlier in the day today there was a sighting of one of the dogs in town. Police were notified and are looking for the person seen with the dog. Local dog wardens are on high alert for the 3 still missing dogs. This evening there was a sighting of one of the stolen girls walking around in a park near Tadley police have gone to investigate.
Lets help this family to be reunited with their dogs as soon as possible. Please share this post on Facebook and Tweet it out to your followers. You never know who will see it and know where the dogs are being held. Its time that all of the dogs are home where they belong.
Here is a poster of the dogs that are still missing: