Two dirty but healthy dogs found, puppies still missing
RELIEVED dog owner Jess Ward has been reunited with two of four dogs stolen from a kennel near her former Cotswolds home.
Thieves had taken her two springer spaniels and two cocker spaniel puppies from a cage in a field in Syde last month.
The 20-year-old said she was devastated to discover they had gone missing and has been desperate to get them back ever since.
Now, she is delighted to have Bracken and Lulu by her side again – although she is still holding onto hope that her other two pets will be returned.
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"The most important thing is that we got them back and they are safe," said Jess, who owns seven dogs in total including missing Azzy and Jack.
"We thought we would never see them again – we thought they would be hurt.
"I was worried because some dogs are taking to use as bait dogs. I thought that they weren't going to be looked after very well."
She and her partner, Tim Holmes, 21, have since moved to Somerset.
Officers are now appealing for information to find the other two dogs.
"We want to get them back as well," pleaded Jess.
"When I came back home to see the dogs they were gone. We were upset and I just couldn't believe someone could do such a thing.
"It made me angry. It would be the best thing if we could have them all back together and know that our puppies are safe as well.
"Now they have found two of them, we are hopeful they will be able to find the others now."
A police spokesman said: "A seven-year-old female springer spaniel called Lulu and a five-year-old male called Bracken were found in the Gloucester area on Wednesday afternoon. Other than being a little dirty the dogs were otherwise healthy.
"Two more dogs taken in the same theft are yet to be found.
"A seven-month-old female cocker spaniel called Azzy, described as brown with white markings on its chest, and a black and white one-year-old male cocker spaniel called Jack are missing."