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Heartbroken owner pleas for precious Pug's return

PUBLISHED: 14:14 04 March 2010 | UPDATED: 17:39 25 August 2010

A WOMAN has been left heartbroken after one of her Pug dogs was stolen while out for a walk.

A WOMAN has been left heartbroken after one of her Pug dogs was stolen while out for a walk.

Linda Dingley, 60, of High Grove, Plumstead, was shoved to the ground by two thugs while trying to stop her beloved pets being snatched on Wednesday, February 17.

Police revealed that the stolen Pug may have been sold in the Streatham area.

Investigating officer at Greenwich Robbery Squad, Detective Sergeant Keith Simmonett, said: "We have received information that the Pug dog might have been sold in Streatham this week. We would like to urge anyone in that area who has recently purchased a Pug dog to contact us. The dog might have been sold cheaply. Pug dogs are generally worth around £900."

Mrs Dingley was close to returning home in Flaxton Road with her two dogs, at 11.45am, when the men pounced from behind.

She said: "I felt a tugging on the lead. Suddenly these men tried to pull my dogs away from me. I told them they couldn't have them. When I struggled that's when they knocked me to the ground."

Her 18-month-old Pug was taken, leaving Tyler, her six-year-old dog.

Mrs Dingley said: "I can't imagine not having her back, it's not knowing where she is, if she is being cared for.

"I would rather they had stolen my caror I would give them the money, these people just don't understand how upsetting it is."

Police drove around looking for the suspects who had run away in the direction of Duncroft, where they drove off towards Swingate Lane, possibly in a grey Volkswagen Polo.

Mrs Dingley was looking forward to moving home to Bexley with husband Ron and her two dogs but now their plans have been turned upside down. They have put posters up in vets and other key locations.

Too frightened to go out for several days after her ordeal, she went to a shop on Tuesday to print off hundreds of flyers offering a £1,000 reward for her dog.

Her young Pug was bought after Tyler's pal Benson died two years ago. She added: "We got the little one to keep Tyler company because he was depressed. Now her little buddy has been taken."

Both suspects are dark Europeans, aged in their 20s. One man was wearing a black jacket and the other was wearing white trainers with a grey tracksuit and a sleeveless silver padded jacket.

The Pug they stole is microchipped and was wearing a black harness.

l Anyone who knows her whereabouts can contact Ron Dingley on 07785 928958. To help police in their enquiries call Greenwich Robbery Squad on 020 8284 9411 or Crimestoppers 0800 555 111.

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