Woman 'devastated' after suspected theft of her beloved pet Labrador

A woman has pleaded for anyone who might have her beloved dog to return her after the pooch went missing. On Saturday, October 17, Melanie Holley from Bridgetown parked alongside the A396 between Bridgetown and Coppleham and left her black Labrador Marg in the back of her grey Toyota Hillux truck so that the dog could rest after exercising. However, one of her friends noticed that Melanie’s truck was open and when she returned, she found the back of the vehicle open and Marg was nowhere to be seen.

Melanie said it is believed that Marg, who is three-and-a-half years old, went missing from the vehicle around midday. She said: “We undertook extensive searches and there have been no sightings. The police and I have therefore concluded that she has been stolen.”

Marg has been missing since Saturday, 17th October, 2020

Marg is spayed and microchipped and as Melanie lives on the Devon and Somerset border, the incident has been logged with Avon and Somerset Police.

Melanie added: “The Police have informed me that my only hope of getting her back is through the power of social media. This was added to Facebook within the hour of Marg going missing and to date, we have over a million shares. “I have also registered Marg as stolen with Lost Dogs UK who have had over 2.6 million shares on her page.

I need to now turn to radio, newspapers and television as the police say I need to make Marg too hot to handle. “I am distraught without Marg and I will do anything to get her back safely to me. It is unbearable not knowing where she is and if she is safe and well.

“For me, this is obviously my worst nightmare. I hadn’t realised how prolific dog crime is. It’s just utterly, utterly heartbreaking.

“If somebody’s got her please take her to the local vets, no questions asked. The waiting is obviously agonising – somebody must know something. “Whilst I live in Somerset, I need to get communications out to Devon and Somerset as it is likely that Marg has been moved out of the area.”

Along with Melanie’s appeal, witnesses are also being sought by police as well. A spokesperson for Avon and Somerset Police said: “We received a call on Saturday, October 17, about a missing dog, which its owner believed may have been stolen earlier that day. “The dog had been left in an unattended vehicle parked on the A396 between Bridgetown and Coppleham from 11.30am and 1.05pm.”

Anyone with information can call 101 and quote the crime reference number 5220235878.

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