The owners of two much-loved puppies have been left devastated after the pets were taken when the Land Rover Defender with them in was stolen. The dogs were in a cage in the back of the metallic blue Land Rover Defender, registration 888 DAX, when it was stolen in Bromsgrove. Rachael Weaver-Tooley, a care worker from Bristol, visited Bromsgrove with her 80-year-old mother to attend a funeral at the town’s St Peter’s RC Church, Charford Road, Rock Hill, on Thursday, January 6. The owners of seven-month-old Jack, a chocolate and red coloured smooth hair miniature daschund, and Otto, a brindle coloured wired hair miniature daschund, also seven months old, are appealing for them to be returned.
The vehicle has metallic paint, was worth £12,000 and is a diesel about four years old. The previous registration, WV56 KPD, was etched on the windows. It also has a tow hook on the back. The rear of the Land Rover has darkened windows so the thieves may not have realised the puppies were in there. Witnesses or anyone with information are asked to contact PC Ian Ruff at West Mercia Police on 0300 333 3000 quoting incident 311-s-060111 or by calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.
A facebook page has now been set up to help find the dogs, which have both been microchipped, and a reward of £500 is being offered for their safe return. click here for Missing Dogs' facebook page
Police recently issued a warning to Land Rover owners after several thefts in the Bromsgrove area, urging them to be extra vigilant, ensure vehicles were secure and emptied of property when left unattended, and that immobilisers and other security devices were activated.