Eight-week-old pup stolen from Carlisle pet shop
Last updated at 12:15, Tuesday, 03 September 2013
A pet shop is appealing for shoppers, animal lovers and businesses to help find a stolen puppy.
The male Chihuahua was just eight-and-a-half weeks old when he was grabbed and dragged through the bars of his cage in NuPets, in Lowther Street, Carlisle.
The cream and tan-coloured pup, who has four white paws, had been one of three in the crate when he was snatched at 10.40am on Saturday.
Shop staff are devastated and have launched a major appeal to help locate him.
Judith Nicholson, who has been manager for 16 years, told the News & Star:“We are all animal-lovers and so are distraught about this.
“We only buy puppies from selected dealers, and get them checked over by the vets and given their first vaccination. Hopefully this will help protect him initially from any nasties, but these people have no idea what medication he has had or will need.”
Staff have put up posters around the city and contacted all the local vets in case anyone tries to register the Chihuahua.
Judith said the thieves only just managed to escape with the puppy without being spotted.
“A man went into the room with his grandchild,” she explained, “and he shows the three puppies to his grandchild.
“He then turns to show the kittens and turns back and notices there are only two puppies and raises the alarm.”
The cage was locked, and so the only way to get him out would have been to drag him through the bars.
“With a hand and the puppy, it would have been a tight squeeze,” Judith added.
Police are investigating the theft, and are keen to speak to two people who were in the shop shortly before the theft and might have key information.
The woman was described as being in her late teens, with bleached blonde hair in a bun on the top of her head.
She had a scarf tied in a bow on top of her head, and wore a light blue denim-type long-sleeved shirt and pale blue jeans. She was carrying a very large camel and black coloured handbag.
The man with her had blond hair which was described as being shaved on the sides and longer on top. He wore jeans and a light blue and grey two-tone hooded top.
NuPets are offering a reward for any information which leads to the safe return of the puppy. A spokesman for Cumbria Police confirmed that they were called to the theft of a Chihuahua from the shop.
“The dog is valued at about £600,” he added.
Anyone with information is urged to phone police on 101 and ask to speak to the Carlisle East Neighbourhood Policing Team.
First published at 11:40, Tuesday, 03 September 2013
Published by http://www.newsandstar.co.uk
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NuPets is like a free zoo all you do is go in look at the fish, birds, snakes, tortoises, lizards, pups and kittens then you come out without buying anything. Its great....
We have been contacted by NuPets who have asked to clarify that their puppies are bought from selected breeders, and not selected dealers.
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