Dog-monkey gang make their way into kennels, but end up stealing the ‘wrong’ dog by snatching 11-year-old spaniel Tilly in place of award-winning young Molly
- Thieves hit the Hardiwick Boarding Kennels in North Staffordshire on Sunday
- The dognappers took with them 11-year-old Springer Spaniel Tilly, who has health problems
- Charity trustee John Powell, 73, believes thieves were looking for the younger dog Molly
Dognappers who broke into charity dog kennels in the middle of the night are believed to have stolen the ‘wrong’ dog after taking an 11-year-old Springer Spaniel in place of an award-winning boy.
The thieves, who beat Hardiwick Boarding Kennels in Caverswall, North Staffordshire in the early hours of Sunday, took with them the oldest dog named Tilly, who is in poor health.
John Powell, 73, who is a trustee of the Cocker and English Springer Spaniel Rescue charity, told Stoke-on-Trent Live that he believes the thieves were there to steal a much younger dog named Molly.
The thieves, who beat Hardiwick Boarding Kennels in Caverswall, North Staffordshire in the early hours of Sunday, took the oldest dog named Tilly (pictured), who is in poor health
He related how the thieves “broke open the door” to get to Tilly, who had only been in the kennels for a week and needs daily medication for her many kidney problems.
Mr. Powell told the publication, “I think [the thieves] were after Molly, but she had already been relocated last week. Her photo had been on social media because she was the first to meet in an Easter competition.
‘Tilly is a much older dog with health issues, but I don’t think they could see it at night. ‘
Thieves had ‘broken the door’ to get to Tilly (pictured), who had only been in the kennels for a week and needs daily medication for her many kidney problems
Springer, 11, was taken in by charity last week by dog wardens in Stoke-on-Trent
Hours later, Mr. Powell received a call from a private number, with a man with a “thick Irish accent” asking him to come to an address in Telford, which upon arrival turned out to be an Asda superstore. Once there, he could not find the man.
Mr. Powell believes the man who called was part of the group that took Tilly.
Springer, 11, was taken in by charity dog wardens in Stoke-on-Trent last week. A scan of her microchip showed that her owner was very ill in the hospital.
When Tilly is found, Mr. Powell hopes to relocate her himself, saying the dog had nine rotten teeth on Friday and needs to be taken care of.
If Tilly is found, Mr. Powell hopes to rehash her himself, saying the dog had nine rotten teeth on Friday and needs to be taken care of
He added, “I just hope we can get her back to us safely. She is a lovely dog with a great temperament and I am sure she must be very scared wherever she is. ‘
The search for Tilly continues tonight as Staffordshire Police are involved.
MailOnline has contacted Staffordshire Police for comment.
Anyone with information is asked to call Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 133 of April 11 or West Mercia Police on 101 quoting incident number 361 of April 11.