Family devastated after 13-week-old puppy - Tony - stolen from garden in Northamptonshire village

The pup had only been with his owners for a few weeks, but he was already ‘an important part of the family’

Monday, 10th May 2021, 11:19 am
Updated Monday, 10th May 2021, 11:20 am

A family has been left absolutely devastated after their young puppy was stolen from their garden in a Northamptonshire village.

Tony - a 13-week-old Parsons Terrier puppy - was taken from the garden of his owners’ home in Spratton on Friday morning (May 7).

The pup, who has a distinctive black marking over his right eye and right side of his face, had only been with his new family for around a month when he was taken and the family has been left distraught by his disappearance.

The pup has been missing since Friday (May 7).

Tony’s owner, who prefers not to be named, said: “He was in the garden with the back door open and when we came downstairs he had vanished.

“We have six foot fencing around the garden and there were no gaps under it. We searched all day on Friday in the Spratton area, so we’re quite sure that he is not around here and that he was taken.

“It is absolutely devastating for me and my wife, but we have two young children and my eight-year-old is heavily disturbed about it.

“We hadn’t had him long but he is an important part of the family already.

Tony has a distinctive marking on his face.

“It’s devastating and we need to know what has happened to him."

When Tony first went missing, the family were supported by fellow villagers who helped to search the entirety of Spratton, but when he was not found, the owners contacted the police.

On Saturday (May 8), the family also created social media pages under the name ‘Get Tony Home’, in a bid to make the pooch ‘too hot to handle’ and more difficult for whoever has Tony to pass him on.

A Northamptonshire Police spokeswoman said: “This happened sometime between 8.50am and 10.05am on May 7 when a 13-week old black and white Parsons Terrier puppy called Tony was stolen from a garden in Gorse Road, Spratton.

“If anyone has any info they should call us so we can hopefully reunite this puppy with his family.”

Anyone who has any information about the theft should call police on 101.

The family can be contacted by the Facebook page they have set up.

This is the latest in a string of dog thefts in Northamptonshire as the crime increases across the country.

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