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PUBLISHED: 10:47 11 March 2010 | UPDATED: 17:39 25 August 2010

HOME: Linda and Ruby.

HOME: Linda and Ruby.

A WOMAN is too afraid to go out by herself after a robbery that saw her beloved pet dog taken. Linda Dingley spoke of the traumatic weeks following her ordeal when she was bundled to the ground while walking her pug dogs Ruby and Tyler. Mrs Dingley put

A WOMAN is too afraid to go out by herself after a robbery that saw her beloved pet dog taken.

Linda Dingley spoke of the traumatic weeks following her ordeal when she was bundled to the ground while walking her pug dogs Ruby and Tyler.

Mrs Dingley put up a fight but robbers managed to take 18-month-old Ruby near Flaxton Road, Plumstead last month. A public appeal through the press helped police track down the dog and reunite her with her distraught owner last week.

She said: "As far as taking the dogs out I'm too frightened to, I'll go out but only with my husband.

"Even when my dogs are in the house and I'm outside I'm worried, 'Are they safe?'. I'm not the only person whose been a victim, it's a very difficult thing to live with being mugged.

The 60-year-old added: "If we weren't already planning to move away from the area we would do. I've been happy living here for 20 years and up to now there has been no trouble. But I need to move away and have a new beginning."

Greenwich Police called her last week to say they had a pug but were not sure if it was hers.

Mrs Dingley said: "When I saw it was Ruby I was overcome. I couldn't thank the sergeant enough, the Bexley Times have been so supportive."

A 20-year-old man was arrested on March 3 in connection with four counts of robbery. He has been bailed to return to a south-east London police station in April.

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