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French bulldog stolen from family’s garden on CCTV amid spate of ‘dognappings’

A tragic video shows a family's beloved French bulldog get stolen by heartless thieves who jump over the garden fence.

CCTV footage from a nearby property shows how three men seize the pooch, called Maggie, at around 12:30 pm on Thursday (May 13) in Bradninch, Devon.

It shows the men going towards the property and two of them climbing over the garden fence.

One of them passes the dog over the top of the fence to his accomplice on the other side and then all three run away from the property, with the man sprinting in front having the dog bundled in his arms.

In a post shared by more than a thousand people on social media, the pet’s owner, Chloe Jade begged for help.

The heartbroken dog lover wrote: "Stolen dog!!! 3 lads jumped my fence in Hornbeam Gardens today and stole my son's French bulldog.

"We have only just moved here from Birmingham so she must have been being watched.

"Please help. Her name is Maggie. She's 18 months old stolen today at 12.30pm today out of my garden.

"We have CCTV just waiting for police. Also, cameras in Spar have been checked as they were seen driving away in a red car."

She also told Devon Live her neighbours had noticed the three crooks acting suspiciously in a nearby alleyway moment before poor Maggie was stolen.

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Missing pets website Dogs Lost reported a 170% rise in thefts of pooches from last year and the crime is being fuelled by the rising price of puppies.

The average asking price for ­a puppy has more than doubled in the past year, according to recent research.

French bulldog puppies can be sold for as high as £2,700 each and the breed has become a fashionable pet to own.

If anyone has any information that could assist with this incident, Devon and Cornwall Police can be contacted by emailing 101@devonandcornwall.pnn.police.uk or by contacting 101 quoting crime reference number CR/38549/21 of 13/05/2021.

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