Bulldog snatched near Blackburn home

Buzz the bulldog

Buzz the bulldog

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A BLACKBURN mum is warning dog owners to beware of valuable pets being snatched.

Kerry Ainsworth said her family had been left heartbroken after the theft of their British bulldog, Buzz, from near her Shadsworth home.

The mum-of-four said neighbours had witnessed the terrified animal being bundled into a white van on Shadsworth Road on Wednesday night.

She is appealing for any information which may help with Buzz’s return. The 39-year-old believes the valuable pet may have been stolen to order.

Experts said the family was right to raise publicity of a ‘recent phenomenon’ for stealing pedigree dogs of all kinds.

Hairdresser Kerry and her husband David, a self-employed groundsworker, are hoping to warn others and help find Buzz.

Kerry said the theft at 10pm on Wednesday had left her children Ria, 18, Elle, 17, Sonny, seven, and Junior, six, devastated.

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She said: “Since Buzz went missing we have just been frantic with worry. People saw him being taken because everyone knows Buzz and they said they could tell that he was really scared.

“My neighbour saw this happen near Shadsworth chippy and she tried to stop it, but they drove off.

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“Everyone loves Buzz around here and he always joins in when the kids play football. We have also heard on Facebook that other valuable dogs have gone missing in the same part of Shadsworth.

“My children are heartbroken that Buzz has been taken. I don’t want this to happen to anyone else.”

The Bulldog Breed Council said they had also had reports from concerned members.

Chairman Arthur Rowe said: “It’s a fairly common and recent phenomenon that pedigree dogs of all kinds are being stolen; even less expensive breeds.

“One of our members had two bulldogs taken from her garden just weeks ago. The right thing to do is raise publicity of the problem and make it too hot for the thieves to operate.”

Police confirmed they had received reports of the Shadsworth Road theft and they were investigating.

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10:59am Fri 23 May 14

workaholic says...

Maybe it would be a good idea to make it compulsory for all dogs to be chipped and a national register kept (l think most pet owners would be willing to pay a small admin fee) at some stage most of these missing animals will have to visit a vet and when the chip is checked it could be compared to the register to check the animal is with its rightful registered owner.
Maybe it would be a good idea to make it compulsory for all dogs to be chipped and a national register kept (l think most pet owners would be willing to pay a small admin fee) at some stage most of these missing animals will have to visit a vet and when the chip is checked it could be compared to the register to check the animal is with its rightful registered owner. workaholic
  • Score: 10

11:08am Fri 23 May 14

RoverTheHill says...

workaholic wrote:
Maybe it would be a good idea to make it compulsory for all dogs to be chipped and a national register kept (l think most pet owners would be willing to pay a small admin fee) at some stage most of these missing animals will have to visit a vet and when the chip is checked it could be compared to the register to check the animal is with its rightful registered owner.
Chipping your dog is already a legal requirement. It won't stop people robbing dogs anyway, some people are just sick and twisted individuals.

I really hope the owner is reunited with their dog and gets the chance to exact some punishment on the criminal. Perhaps a good beating will send them a message!
[quote][p][bold]workaholic[/bold] wrote: Maybe it would be a good idea to make it compulsory for all dogs to be chipped and a national register kept (l think most pet owners would be willing to pay a small admin fee) at some stage most of these missing animals will have to visit a vet and when the chip is checked it could be compared to the register to check the animal is with its rightful registered owner.[/p][/quote]Chipping your dog is already a legal requirement. It won't stop people robbing dogs anyway, some people are just sick and twisted individuals. I really hope the owner is reunited with their dog and gets the chance to exact some punishment on the criminal. Perhaps a good beating will send them a message! RoverTheHill
  • Score: 4

11:10am Fri 23 May 14

mum63 says...

The dog has now been found and has been reunited
The dog has now been found and has been reunited mum63
  • Score: 22

12:05pm Fri 23 May 14

goz says...

This was all over facebook last night, witnesses saw Asian males bungling the dog into the back of a White van, it said they first tried to coax him in with treats then when that failed they caught him and dragged him in. Keep your eyes peeled and your pets safe.
This was all over facebook last night, witnesses saw Asian males bungling the dog into the back of a White van, it said they first tried to coax him in with treats then when that failed they caught him and dragged him in. Keep your eyes peeled and your pets safe. goz
  • Score: 8

12:53pm Fri 23 May 14

weedmonster77 says...

Not surprised the dog is always out on its own iv seen it loads of times on rothesay rd trying to get it on with my dog. They should be more careful with there pets they love and keep it chained up.
Not surprised the dog is always out on its own iv seen it loads of times on rothesay rd trying to get it on with my dog. They should be more careful with there pets they love and keep it chained up. weedmonster77
  • Score: 21

10:32pm Fri 23 May 14

woolywords says...

I won't worry if they steal my dog, as they'll return it within a few days, after it's eaten them out of house and home.
He'll easily eat 3 more spuds than a pig!
I won't worry if they steal my dog, as they'll return it within a few days, after it's eaten them out of house and home. He'll easily eat 3 more spuds than a pig! woolywords
  • Score: 0

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