HEARTBROKEN pet owners have been left devastated after their dog’s ashes were stolen.
Louise Northam, 28, and her mother Joan Brown, 54, relived the grief of losing beloved family pet Molly, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, when thieves took a plant pot containing the dog’s ashes, in which a rose bush was planted.
Louise and Joan, who are moving to a house in Roses Street, South Shields, were packing up items to leave the family home in Morpeth Avenue, South Shields, when the theft happened last Wednesday, between 9pm and 10pm.
The women were moving their belongings when they left the plant pot unattended, in the back lane, for a few minutes and it was taken.
Louise said she “burst into tears” when she realised what had happened.
She said: “We are very upset. It’s not about the plant pot, it’s the sentimental value. We are angry that someone has stolen this from us in a matter of minutes. It’s all the more upsetting that she can’t come with us.”
Molly was just two years old when she became a part of the family and said she has “always been there” even after she died at the age of 13, in 2001.
Louise said: “We said we would never get another dog because she was always one of a kind. We said she would come with us when we moved and now it feels as if we have lost her all over again.
“She was just a very loving and friendly dog that anyone would love.”
She added: “We just want to appeal to get the plant pot and rose bush back. We aren’t bothered about the plant pot or the bush, but the memory of a beloved family pet.”
Northumbria Police have been informed.
A spokeswoman said: “At 11am on Thursday, July 3, police were informed a plant pot had been stolen between 9pm and 10pm on Wednesday, July 2, from an address in Morpeth Avenue in South Shields.
“Officers are carrying out inquiries and are asking any witnesses to contact police on 101, extension 69191 quoting reference number 433030714.”