A devastated mum whose precious pet dogs were snatched by callous cooks has been flooded with calls offering leads on their whereabouts – almost a month after the heart-breaking raid on her own street.
Elle Pires was returning to her home in Frenchmans Way, South Shields, from a shopping trip when she saw thieves scoop up three of her beloved Chihuahua dogs.
The distraught 41-year-old issued a plea to the Gazette for the safe return of two-year-old Petula and six-month-old Parker, who were stolen on Sunday, October 4.
Mrs Pires has received a number of calls from readers who believe they have spotted the dogs – and even one caller who believed they knew the location they were being kept – but subsequent police searches have proved unsuccessful.
The pets were in the front garden of a neighbour who was looking after the pets when thieves swooped.
Mrs Pires leapt out of her car and desperately tried to pursue them – but couldn’t catch the culprits.
I am worried sick about my dogsElle Pires
A third dog, nine-year-old Fleur, was also snatched during the raid, but dropped out of the thieves’ grasp and was gratefully retrieved by Ms Pires.
Mrs Pires said: “I received a call from a lady who said she had seen two Chihuaha dog,s which matched the pictures of my dogs in a front garden of a house in South Shields.
“I have also been told the thieves have going door-to-door in South Shields trying to sell Petula for £100.”
Mrs Pires is desperate for her pets to be returned home – and fears for their wellbeing the longer they are kept apart from her.
She added; “I am worried sick about my dogs.
“I am worried they have been separated or are being neglected or could be sold on.
“They need to be back home. One is six months old and the other is two.
“Parker and his mum have always been together, so I am very concerned that they could be separated.
“I am devastated by what has happened.
Mrs Pires says she is prepared to offer a reward for their safe return.
She is asking anyone with information to contact her on 07879702117 or 07957640610.