Dog found dead af­ter pets stolen with car

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - BETH AB­BIT

ADEVASTATED dog owner has spo­ken of her dis­tress af­ter her kid­napped dog was found dead by rail­way tracks.

Tina Cum­ber­lidge’s dogs Vic­tor and Lot­tie went miss­ing in the early hours of Easter Mon­day.

The pair were sleep­ing in Tina’s BMW estate when it was stolen from a car­a­van park in Higher Poyn­ton.

Des­per­ate Tina launched a Face­book ap­peal to try and trace the dogs, and West High­land Ter­rier Lot­tie was later dis­cov­ered wan­der­ing the streets around two miles from the Elm Beds Car­a­van Park where she was taken.

Af­ter be­ing reunited with Lot­tie, Tina and hus­band Pete con­tin­ued their des­per­ate search for 12-year-old Bor­der Col­lie Vic­tor.

But their hopes were shat­tered by the news that the dog’s body had been seen on rail­way tracks near Mac­cles­field.

The cou­ple be­lieve Vic­tor had been hit and killed by a train, af­ter be­ing let loose by the car thief.

Their ap­peal for the dogs’ safe re­turn was shared on Face­book more than 1,000 times.

In a heart­break­ing up­date, Tina wrote: “Thank you to ev­ery­one for their help and sup­port.

“Un­for­tu­nately, we have not got the happy end­ing we were hop­ing for.

“While Lot­tie has been found safe and sound, sadly Vic­tor has died af­ter be­ing struck by a train.

“We are very sad to bring you this news but thank ev­ery­one who has helped be­cause it was your in­for­ma­tion that led us to Lot­tie.”

Tina and Pete had trav­elled from their home in Bris­tol to stay at their friend’s car­a­van park over the Easter week­end.

Tina said she was dev- as­tated when she woke up at around 7am to dis­cover that the fam­ily pets had been taken with the car.

Both dog blan­kets were found on Tow­ers Road, Poyn­ton, and the cou­ple be­lieve their pets may have been dumped there.

Pete and Tina think their black 3-se­ries BMW Tour­ing – reg­is­tra­tion WX63 TWP – was taken from the car­a­van park, on Elm Beds Road, be­tween 2am and 7am.

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion can call police on 101 or Crimestop­pers, anony­mously, on 0800 555 111.

●● Tina Cum­ber­lidge reunited with ter­rier Lot­tie

●● Vic­tor is be­lieved to have been hit by a train

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