Fam­ily plead for re­turn of pup­pies taken in bur­glary

Theft leaves sons aged 6 and 2 ‘heart­bro­ken’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Home Help With A Difference - By James Scott

js­cott@thek­m­group.co.uk A fam­ily is ap­peal­ing for in­for­ma­tion af­ter two fox­hound pup­pies were stolen from their barn at Eger­ton.

Bur­glars broke into the prop­erty off Bed­lam Lane, tak­ing 10-week-old hounds Stroller and Stu­dent, be­tween 9pm on Sun­day night and 8am on Mon­day morn­ing.

It is thought they ripped down a fence be­fore break­ing into the sta­bles and steal­ing the dogs, their feed, horse blan­kets and groom­ing kit.

The prop­erty is owned by dairy farmer Adam Palmer, 30, and wife Me­gan Palmer, 29, who said their young sons, Harry, 6, and Olly, 2, were heart­bro­ken.

“I had to tell my old­est son af­ter he fin­ished school. He sobbed,” said Mrs Palmer.

“He’s got a lit­tle pony as well, so he was re­ally ner­vous about that be­ing taken too.”

The pup­pies be­longed to Ash­ford Val­ley Hunt, and were due to stay with hunt mem­bers Mr and Mrs Palmer be­fore re­turn­ing to the pack in Septem­ber.

“They’re not pets,” said Mrs Palmer. “Even if some­one takes them, they’re not trained for hunt­ing. They’re just pup­pies.

“They’re meant to be with their pack. As hounds, they’re only worth money if they’re part of a hunt. They’re not good house pets.”

Po­lice said the pup­pies could have been sold within 48 hours and there had been other dog thefts in the Eger­ton and Head­corn area.

Stroller is sandy and white, and looks like a tra­di­tional hound puppy, while Stu­dent is mainly white with a few sandy patches, had one sandy-coloured ear and un­usual black mark­ings around one eye.

Two fer­rets, diesel and a petrol strim­mer were also stolen from a neigh­bour­ing farm.

Po­lice said landown­ers with out­build­ings were be­ing ad­vised to in­stall alarms and re­view their se­cu­rity.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion is urged to call PC Jonathan Nock on 01233 896288, quot­ing crime ref­er­ence ZY/19050/13.

Fox­hound pup­pies Stroller and Stu­dent, who was taken from a barn at Bed­lam Lane, Eger­ton

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