Family ‘destroyed’ and unable to return home after thieves steal beloved dog

A mum and her five children say they feel “destroyed” after dognappers broke in and stole their pooch.

Jodie Wallace, 31, said pedigree French bulldog Dior was the only thing stolen during the raid, which her 12-year-old daughter saw.

The family is now unable to return home and is staying with Jodie’s sister, BirminghamLive reports.

A burglar broke into the house in Bromsgrove, Worcs at 3am last Friday.

After grabbing the one-year-old dog he fled in a waiting Citroën C3 which had a getaway driver, Jodie said.

The ordeal comes amid a rise in dognapping cases across Britain, after repeated lockdowns caused puppy prices to surge.

Mental health worker Jodie said: "A man broke in and grabbed the dog and ran to a silver Citroën C3 car which had been cloned.

“We got up straight away. My 12-year-old daughter saw her being taken. She said, ‘Mum, the dog’.

“She watched them take her. She’s heard the noise.

“Somehow they got through the front door.

"They knew I had the dog and only took her, nothing else.”

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A plea to trace her has been shared more than 100,000 times on Facebook.

Jodie said: “She’s my pride and joy and my child, my baby. I haven’t stopped crying.

“I haven’t eaten. I haven’t slept. I can’t go home.

“I can’t face going home to see she’s not there. She’s never been on her own. She’s one of those dog who crawls on the blanket and sleeps.”

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She added: “I hope they have fed her and I hope she’s being cared for.

“I just want them to bring her home. Whoever took her is breaking a family, destroying a family.

“She’s helped my little boy who is five who suffers from anxiety. I have four daughters between six and 14 too. They are upset on the next level.”

A West Mercia Police spokesman said: “We were called at 4am on Friday, March 5, to reports a French Bulldog was stolen from a property on Austin Road in Bromsgrove.

“Officers attended and carried out a search of the area.

“Unfortunately the dog is still missing and the investigation is still ongoing.”

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