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Reward offered for safe return of dogs stolen near Winchester
9:00am Tuesday 8th January 2013 in Winchester
A HAMPSHIRE dog owner is offering a £2,500 reward for the return of two stolen cocker spaniels.
Thanks to contributions from family and friends, the owner is offering a large reward for nine-month-old Tia and 14-month-old Maisie, who are worth £600 each and are both microchipped.
The owner, who asked not to be named for fear for the dog’s safety, said: “Tia was like a best friend and she went everywhere with me. The support I have had from friends and family and the community has been amazing and it goes to show how loved Tia is. She is famous around here and a real character.
“I’m staying strong and hoping she will come back despite some people telling me I will never see her again. I have tried everything now and I just hope the reward is enough because I want my dog back.”
The theft was the latest in a spate across Hampshire over the past year, with a cocker spaniel also taken from a kennels in Bullington, near Andover, last Sunday evening. Earlier this year an investigation found that pedigree dogs across Hampshire were being stolen and inquiries showed that thieves were targeting high-value breeds.
Anyone with information on these thefts should contact Winchester Rural North Safer Neighbourhoods Team on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.