We’ve got them back!

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Happy Ending After Puppies Stolen - By Sa­man­tha Wil­liams

saw­illiams@thek­m­group.co.uk A fam­ily are over the moon fol­low­ing the safe re­turn of their 11 stolen pedi­gree pup­pies.

Mark and Julie Kennedy launched a large-scale search for the golden retriever pups when they were taken from their home in West­well on Mon­day, Jan­uary 6 – even of­fer­ing a re­ward of up to £1,000 for their re­turn.

The much-loved an­i­mals were dis­cov­ered how­ever two days later, dumped in a garage in Lower Den­mark Road, Ash­ford.

The cou­ple’s daugh­ter Jas­min Spinks said: “We got them back!

“I would just like to say a huge thank you to every­body that shared the post, watched the news and told peo­ple to share!

“Be­cause of all of your sup­port we got our pup­pies back and we are over the moon!

“I’m so happy and grate­ful for every­body’s ef­forts! So happy!”

The pup­pies were found when a mem­ber of the pub­lic called po­lice af­ter hear­ing cries com­ing from the lock-up garage last Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

Of­fi­cers dis­cov­ered the fluffy pups tied up in a sheet; cold, hun­gry and cov­ered in paint.

They took them to Ash­ford po­lice sta­tion in Tufton Street, where they were met by the de­lighted Kennedy fam­ily. Af­ter be­ing checked by a vet, the pup­pies – who were born from two lit­ters – were re-united with their moth­ers, the Kennedy’s two pets, El­lie and Ge­orgie.

The pup­pies had been stay­ing in a heated room in a garage at the Kennedy’s prop­erty, in Wa­tery Lane, with their moth­ers when they were stolen. The Kennedys, along with their five chil­dren, have been stay­ing at a rented house close by dur­ing the last few months since their house was deemed un­liv­able fol­low­ing a ma­jor fire last April.

At first they were liv­ing in a mo­bile home on site, but moved to the house when the weather turned cold. Mrs Kennedy said: “We had hoped to be back in our house by Septem­ber but that just didn’t hap­pen.

“For the first three weeks, the pup­pies were liv­ing in­side the mo­bile home with us.

“We had to move be­cause some of our trees had fallen down. It was too dan­ger­ous to live on site. But we are at the house all day. We also come back in the evenings to feed the dogs.”

The bur­glary is be­lieved to have taken place be­tween 8pm on Mon­day, Jan­uary 6, and 8am on Tues­day, Jan­uary 7.

As well as tak­ing the pup­pies thieves took sev­eral power tools, a gen­er­a­tor and a sit-on lawn mower.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion on the raid is asked to phone po­lice on 101.

‘I would just like to say a huge thank you. Be­cause of all of your sup­port we got our pup­pies back and we are over the moon’

Pic­ture: Gary Browne FM2982145 Buy this photo at ken­ton­line.co.uk

The Kennedy fam­ily with eight of the stolen pup­pies safely re­turned home again

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