Family plead for return of puppies taken in burglary
Theft leaves sons aged 6 and 2 ‘heartbroken’
firstname.lastname@example.org 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