Derbyshire woman tells of heartbreak after rescue pup stolen from kennels alongside two other dogs
A Derbyshire woman has been left heartbroken after her rescue pup was stolen from a kennels – just days before he was due to go to his ‘forever home’.
Three dogs were stolen from Brookfield Farm Kennels, in Spondon, Derby, some time between 7pm on Tuesday, August 3, and 8.45am the next day.
According to an appeal on the kennel's Facebook page, thieves accessed the site by driving a vehicle over a field and breaking through a window at the rear of the property.
Tony and Elvis are both male cockerpoos and Remy is a female cocker spaniel. All under a year old and are not neutered.
Sue Rogers, from West Handley, had been due to adopt Tony as a rescue this Saturday, August 7, and described the theft as ‘devastating’.
She said: “He came up on the Yappy Ever After After Dog Rescue site a few months ago. He’d been given up because he was snappy apparently and he went into foster and they couldn’t cope with him, so he went into another foster.
"We went and spent a few times with him and took him out and he was fine with us. I don’t doubt he still has issues but we were confident that we could make him the dog he should be because it’s not known for cockerpoos to be nasty.
"We were going to adopt him, not foster him, and we totally fell in love with him. He stole our hearts.
"The last time I saw his little face in the kennel as we were driving off last Saturday (July 31), I’ll never get that image out of my mind.”
It is believed the trio were targeted as they are highly sought-after breeds and are more likely to bring in a high resale price for the thieves.
Derbyshire police said it is investigating the incident but added dog theft "continues to be a rare occurrence".
“We had got so many plans for Tony to get him back on track to the dog he should be,” Sue, 62, added.
"We were prepared to go all out to do that and we had bonded with him, everytime we went to see him he was so excited.
"We didn’t care how much he snapped at us or about his issues. We’ve got a huge house, a huge garden – he would have had the best life here with us.”
The Facebook appeal by Brookfield Farm Kennels has already been shared more than a thousand times since being posted on Wednesday.
Tony is described as tan/apricot in colour, while Elvis is described as apricot/red and Remy as sandy/caramel.
Anyone with information relating to the crime should call Derbyshire police on 101 quoting reference reference 21*436321
You can also contact the force via their social media channels or by calling Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.