Puppy snatcher alert - baby bulldog stolen in the Forest of Dean
A HELPLESS baby bulldog was snatched from his home by a puppy-napper on Monday.
Owner Callum Mudway, 18, was shoved into a ditch by the thief who sped off in a waiting car.
The teenager thought the man had come to his Sling home in the Forest of Dean to buy the eight-week-old puppy.
He said: "I'm so shocked someone would do this.
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"We wanted to make sure they had good homes but now we don't know where he will end up."
He said the remaining seven puppies had been whining and wondering where their brother is.
The stolen pup was the "pick of the litter" born to the family's two bulldogs Coco and Buster.
They had all been advertised for sale last week at £500.
The thief rang up on Monday afternoon saying he was 10 minutes away and wanted to come around and look at the litter.
Callum trustingly agreed the man could visit on short notice.
He said: "He picked one puppy up and said he was going to show it to his missus outside.
"I went to go with him but he pushed me and I fell down a two foot drop in the garden.
"By the time I got up he had run off and I heard the car skid away."
The teenager's back was badly scratched when he was pushed over and the whole family is deeply distressed by the theft.
Callum said: "I'm just so angry and upset and have been panicking all day that they might come back for the others."
The family have reported the theft to police but are holding little hope the stolen pup will be found.
But they want to warn other dog owners to watch out for puppy-nappers.
Callum described the thief as white, around 5ft 10ins tall with short black hair.
He was wearing jeans, white trainers and a black coat and driving a silver Vauxhall.
Police said the theft and assault was reported to them at 3.45pm on Monday.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Gloucestershire police on 101, quoting incident number 295 of September 10.