A FAMILY have been left heartbroken after sick thugs stole their 11-week-old puppy.
Lee Howard, 44, partner, Rebecca, 41, and kids James and Willow were horrified to discover their home in Stirchley, Birmingham had been broken into in the dead of night with thieves swiping Lee’s £20,000 car, bank cards and Boston Terrier pup, Rocco.
Rocco’s heartbroken owners say he is ‘just a baby’[/caption]
Lee and his family are devastated[/caption]
Shockingly, the family home was burgled just weeks after Lee’s work van had been broken into and valuable tools belonging to construction worker were swiped.
Little Rocco had been with the family just weeks after they purchased the pup for a whopping £1,000.
“I went down in the morning to let him out for a walk, we were just house training him,” Lee said.
“Thieves had broken in through a small window and taken car keys, a handbag and all our cards – but they’d also taken the dog away. We didn’t hear anything at all.
“He is an 11-week-old family pet – he’s just a baby.
“It has been so upsetting, we just want Rocco back.
“I can’t even tell you how much it has set us back,” he added.
The family say they are desperate for Rocco’s safe return.
The Boston Terrier is microchipped and is currently being given regular new puppy medication which could be dangerous for him not to take.
Lee has slammed the dognappers branding them “opportunists.”
“I do not know how he is being treated, he is going to need a lot of medication soon.
“We hope someone is going to have a conscience enough to get the dog home to this family.
“The kids are absolutely devastated.
“Willow came down wanting to play with him and I had to break it to her, James was away and he was devastated when we had to tell him.”
There have been reported sightings of the pup in Camden, London but these are unconfirmed.
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The West Midlands Police confirmed they were probing the incident.
A spokesman said: “Police are investigating reports of a burglary in Stirchley where a Nissan Juke car and a puppy were stolen in the early hours of Saturday.
“Investigations are on-going and anyone with information can contact us.”
Little Rocco’s family are desperate for his safe return[/caption]
Lee thinks the sick thieves swiped Rocco because he was cute[/caption]
Lee says his and his partners children are heartbroken[/caption]
The family pose with a poster of missing Rocco[/caption]
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