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Pensioners ‘devastated’ after thief snatches cocker spaniel from outside home


Pam Nash made an emotional plea for Daisy’s safe return (Pictures: Kent Police/SWNS)

A pensioner has been left distraught after a white van driver pulled up outside her home and snatched her beloved cocker spaniel.

Pam Nash, 76, made an emotional appeal for the safe return of her dog Daisy, who she said had been her and her husband’s ‘pride and joy during lockdown’.

Footage recorded by a neighbour’s dashcam shows the rescue dog being taken away by a man in a white Ford Transit shortly before 9am on Monday morning.

She was sitting outside, close to their home in Hollingbourne, Kent, when the heartless thief stopped the vehicle and took her.

Pam, a retired lecturer, looked after the rescue dog who came to live with her and her husband William earlier this year.

She said: ‘She is chipped, she’s spayed, she is too old to breed. That’s why we took her in.

‘She has no value. Please can you let us have her back, she really has been our pride and joy during lockdown.

‘Please let us have her back. Please have a heart.’

Daisy was described by Pam as the couple’s ‘pride and joy during lockdown’ (Picture: Kent Police/SWNS)

Investigators said the pensioners are ‘devastated’ by the loss of their cherished pet.

A further appeal is circulating on Facebook in a desperate bid for Daisy’s safe return.

Inspector Steve Kent, of the Maidstone Community Safety Unit, said: ‘The loss of a pet has a devastating effect on victims and our officers will pursue all potential lines of enquiry to recover a dog.

‘Daisy is a rescue dog who had been taken in by two pensioners.

‘It is very sad that she has suddenly been snatched from her new and loving family and we want to get her back.

The theft was captured on a neighbour’s dashcam (Picture: Kent Police/SWNS)

‘The investigation into this incident is continuing and we are urging anybody with information to call our appeal line.

‘We would also like to hear from anyone with CCTV or dashcam footage that shows the white truck travelling from the A20, and then through the village between 8.30am and 9am on January 18.’

There has been a surge in dog thefts since lockdown as prices of the animals rocketed due to the huge increase in demand.

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