A SEVEN-year-old girl has been left devastated following the theft of her newly-purchased puppy.
The five-and-a-half-month-old cocker spaniel was taken from a home in Padeswood along with a 10-year-old adult dog of the same breed.
The two pedigree dogs were stolen on Monday evening.
The younger dog was bought from a breeder in Nannerch just over a week ago for £600.
But owner Robert Jones, who looks after the grounds at Old Padeswood Golf Club, said he was particularly concerned about the older dog.
He said he was afraid she would be abandoned once the thieves realised she was an adult.
Mr Jones, 55, said he was sitting reading with daughter Libby at about 6.40pm when he heard his dogs barking behind their home on Rose Lane.
When he got outside, he found the padlock on one of two kennels broken off and two of his four dogs missing. Ted is a small short-haired black cocker spaniel with some white on its chin and Corgi size. Ten-year-old Belle is a short-haired black and white cocker spaniel.
Mr Jones said Libby is devastated.
“Libby will come around but she’ll never forget she’s lost her pup,” he said. “Ted was an early Christmas present. When she came to the door, she asked, ‘Where’s Ted?’ and I all I could say was ‘I think someone’s taken him.’
He added: “I couldn’t believe it. We only got him a week ago last Sunday. It’s disturbing somebody could do that.”
Mr Jones said he had put a padlock on the kennel with Ted in following an incident just days earlier when a friend noticed three men in a small black car at the entrance to his yard, looking at the puppy.
The men claimed they mistook the five-month-old as a dog they had recently lost but the incident led to Mr Jones securing the kennel.
“It wasn’t a strong padlock,” he said. “But padlocks only keep honest people out. It was more to stop opportunist thieves.
“I’ve kept dogs for 14 years and never had any problems before.”
He said police had reported the theft to the ferries in case someone tried to take the dogs to Ireland.
The dogs have also been listed on missing dog websites and vets and rescue centres have been asked to keep an eye out for the animals.
Mr Jones said friends had put out appeals on social media sites.
A spokesman for North Wales Police said: “Between 6.40pm and 6.45pm on December 2, thieves stole two pedigree cocker spaniels from kennels in Mold. The offenders gained entry to the kennels in Rose Lane, Llong, Mold, by using bolt cutters to break padlocks. The dogs are described as a black and white female, aged 10, and a five-month-old male which is mainly black with a white patch on its chin.”
Anyone with information about the theft should call North Wales Police on 101, quoting crime reference number RC13197271.