A DESPERATE dog owner fears her rare pet bulldog might have been stolen to use for fighting.
Suzanne Harris returned home to find her old-time bulldog Shanklin had been snatched from her garden while she was at work.
She believes the people who took him on Monday staked out her house and waited for her to leave just weeks after the five-stone 16-month-old animal had recovered from the deadly parvo virus.
Suzanne told the Leader she felt “physically sick” when she discovered the family pet was missing and is concerned he will now be trained for dog fights or dog baiting.
North Wales Police have joined her in appealing for information.
“It is really quite frightening,” said Suzanne, who lives in Connah's Quay.
“The dog was stolen out of my garden and I am worried he might have been taken to use in dog fights or in dog baiting.
“I am absolutely in pieces – completely panic-stricken. I felt sick when I realised he had gone and I think someone had staked out my home knowing the dog was there.”
Suzanne returned from a day at work to her home on Fron Road, which backs onto an alleyway and playing fields, at 5.30pm.
Neighbours had seen the dog in the garden which is surrounded by 6ft panelled fencing, at about 2.30pm.
It is believed the dog was taken when the thieves lifted one of the fence panels.
“The dog didn’t meet me at the gate when I got home so I knew something was wrong straight away,” Suzanne said.
“I searched all round the house and around the area. I even took my Westie dog for a walk to see if he could lead him to us.”
“Lots of people walk up and down the alleyway at the back of my home so I am hoping someone has seen something.
“People have been so helpful sharing the news on Facebook but it is worrying to think someone may have been watching our movements in the house,” she added.
North Wales Police are urging anyone with CCTV in the area to check their footage.
Shanklin was wearing a black collar on the day he was taken. He is white with black spots on his stomach and ears. He has a long tail and a scar on his right paw.
Sgt Sue Richards said: “We are appealing to members of the public to help.
“The thieves lifted up a fence panel in order to remove the dog.
“There have been no other reports of dogs being stolen in the area so we believe it is an isolated incident.
Anyone who saw anything suspicious or has any information should call North Wales Police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.