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  1. lisa0307

    lisa0307 PetForums VIP

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    Police find nine-year-old girl's stolen pet puppy... but say she can't have it back

    After saving up for months for a pedigree puppy, Leanne Stewart did the sensible thing and had her new pet microchipped.
    So when the mother-of-two's Chinese shar pei Millie was stolen from her back garden, she at least had the comfort of hoping she would eventually be returned to them.

    It took more than six months but, eventually, the £750 puppy was traced. Miss Stewart - and more importantly her nine-year-old daughter Megan - were expecting an emotional reunion with the pet. But this has been dashed by police.

    They have been told that they cannot take Millie off the new owner because the man bought the dog in good faith - despite the microchip proving she is Miss Stewart's.

    Now she faces the agonising choice between a lengthy - and potentially expensive - legal battle or accepting she will never see her puppy again.

    Yesterday the 31-year-old told how the bitter blow had only added to the heartache caused to Megan and one-year-old Kayden, following the death of their father at Christmas.

    Animal charities say pedigree puppies are particularly targeted by thieves and urge all dog owners to have their pets chipped. But they admit that this provides no guarantee that a stolen dog will be returned to its lawful owner.

    Miss Stewart said the family's joy at being told Millie had been found quickly turned to despair. She said: 'When they called I thought that would be it, we would get the dog back.

    'At the end of the day she's my dog, she's been stolen. I bought Millie, I have got the papers for her and she is registered in my name. I just can't understand it.

    'What's the point in chipping them?'

    Miss Stewart said she and her painter-decorator partner, Simon McDonald, saved up for a year to buy the puppy with its distinctive wrinkly, apricot-coloured skin, arranging for her to be microchipped for peace of mind.
    But just three weeks after picking her up last June, Millie vanished from the back garden of their home in Bolton.

    The couple's daughter was devastated by the beloved pet's disappearance, and they hunted throughout the neighbourhood and put up poignant home-made posters in case she had simply escaped and run off.

    They reported the theft to police, but nothing had been heard.
    In December, Mr McDonald died of a brain haemorrhage.

    Last month the mourning family were told Millie had been found nearly 30 miles away in the Croxteth area of Liverpool, and Miss Stewart began preparing for her return.

    But now they have been told that, because no charges are being pressed against a 42-year-old man who had been arrested on suspicion of theft, police cannot intervene further.

    Miss Stewart now faces going to court if she is ever to be reunited with Millie.

    She said: 'It's really upset me and my kids, who keep asking me when Millie is coming back. The police have not given me any advice.

    'If someone had stolen a car and police had found that, they would give it back. But this man is saying he bought my dog without knowing it was stolen and he thinks he has a claim on her.

    'Megan has been saying, "When's it coming back, are we getting it back?". I've got a picture of Millie on the fireplace and she just looks at it saying, "I miss my daddy and my dog, when is it coming back?".'

    A spokeswoman for the RSPCA said such cases were 'extremely rare' and urged dog owners not to be dissuaded from having their pets chipped.

    'It must be extremely upsetting for the family, but without a microchip it is impossible to definitely trace a lost or stolen pet,' she said.

    'We've had people reunited with their dogs after seven years or more as a result.'

    Greater Manchester Police said it was no longer investigating the alleged theft, with a spokesman adding: 'This is now a civil matter


    Police find nine-year-old girl's stolen pet puppy - but say she can't have it back | Mail Online


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  2. metame

    metame PetForums VIP

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    its already been posted :)

    i still feel sorry for the poor pup.
     
  3. Zayna

    Zayna PetForums VIP

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    thats awful... what a horrible situation for both sides!
     
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    colliemerles PetForums VIP

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    oh my god, thats awful, i feel so sorry for them.:(
     
  5. lisa0307

    lisa0307 PetForums VIP

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    Another story in the papers today :(


    Pet rescue centre refuses to hand back lost dog to widow, saying: 'Sorry, we sold her'

    When Penny the Jack Russell failed to return from her regular afternoon rabbit hunt, owner Liz Hiorns was more than a little concerned.

    After searching her farm and the surrounding woodland, she contacted police, vets and dog wardens at two councils in a bid to track down the 11-year-old dog, who had never gone missing before.
    But the widow has been left devastated after discovering that despite her calls, her companion was passed on by a council dog warden to an animal rescue centre - which has re-homed her with another family.

    Now the centre has refused to give Mrs Hiorns details of Penny’s new owners so she could try to claim the dog back, saying it acted ‘by the book’ and kept the animal for seven days before offering her for re-homing.

    Stratford-on-Avon council’s dog warden service admitted receiving a call from Mrs Hiorns, but said it mistakenly transferred the dog to the Danemere Animal Rescue Centre because Penny’s details had not been passed on to wardens by an administration officer.

    Mrs Hiorns, 72, from Ashorne, Warwickshire, said yesterday: ‘I’m heartbroken.

    'I’m sure that if the people she’s been re-homed with knew what had happened, they’d feel ashamed to keep such a beautiful little dog who is someone else’s much-loved family pet.’
    The grandmother-of-six, who lost her husband-Richard, 69, to heart failure last year, added: ‘She’s a farm dog who loves her life here.

    'She’ll hate being cooped up in some little house where she can’t run free or go after rabbits.

    ‘Penny has been a wonderful comfort to me. She has slept at the end of my bed after Richard died, almost as if she’s looking after me.’

    Dave Lannie, a supervisor at Danemere Animal Rescue Centre, said: ‘I have contacted the new owner about this problem but she is very happy with the dog and does not wish to return her.
    'We signed the animal over to her and she is now legally hers.’

    A spokesman for Stratford-on-Avon council said it was unable to issue a statement about the incident because the dog warden involved was on holiday.

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    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...and-lost-dog-widow-saying-Sorry-sold-her.html
     
  6. Matrix/Logan

    Matrix/Logan PetForums VIP

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    Makes me wonder if the dog was really 'sold' or just euthanised due to it's age?? maybe that is why they are not 'able' to give any details!! :eek:

    Hope not and it can all be resolved! That poor owner! :( :mad:
     
  7. lisa0307

    lisa0307 PetForums VIP

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    :eek:I never thought of that...you have a point there :(
     
  8. Fleur

    Fleur Vassal to Lilly and Ludo

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    The 1st story is terrible.
    What happens if I buy a car that's stolen? I thought it had to be returned to the original owner - surely if dog are property in the eyes of the law then it should be treated the same way.
     
  9. LadyLoraella

    LadyLoraella PetForums Member

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    What a complete joke! Surely the man who has the pup now has some sort of details of who he bought the dog from?! Even just a describtion?


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