Welwyn Garden City puppy owners left ‘terrified’ after attempted pet theft

PUBLISHED: 17:10 15 March 2017 | UPDATED: 18:26 15 March 2017

Welwyn Garden City puppy owners left terrified after attempted pet theft.

Welwyn Garden City puppy owners left terrified after attempted pet theft.


A Welwyn Garden City family are warning dog owners to be vigilant after burglars tried to steal their pedigree puppy by pulling it through a cat flap.

At around 2.11am on Saturday, March 11, offenders attempted to break into a property in Welwyn Garden City.

The Panshanger resident was woken up along with her family after they heard a loud bang.

The family saw two people trying to get in through the back door.

The resident told the Welwyn Hatfield Times: “They were kicking the door over and over again. They didn’t care that they were making loads of noise.

“They were trying to drag our 14-week puppy through the cat flap.”

The family leant out of the window and shouted at the would-be burglars to go away.

The victim added: “They ran off but it was terrifying. My mum was shaking. It has never happened to us before.

“We want to make dog owners in the local area aware of this incase it happens again.

“Please keep your windows and doors locked, be careful, and please be aware.”

A police spokeswoman said: “The first offender is described as a man wearing a dark coloured hoody. The other is described as a man wearing a green hoody.

“Officers are investigating and anyone with information is asked to contact Hertfordshire Constabulary via the non-emergency number 101, quoting crime reference B1/17/1011.

“Alternatively, contact the independent crime-fighting charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through their anonymous online form at www.crimestoppers-uk.org. No personal details are taken, information cannot be traced or recorded and you will not go to court.”

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