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Owner ‘out of his mind’ with worry after pet is stolen


A DOG owner says he is out of his mind with worry as his pet is still missing, a week after being stolen from his garden in Dundee.

Bear, a fawn and white mastiff, was snatched from the back garden of a block of flats on Bonnybank Road, near the city centre, last Thursday.

Two women and a man were captured on CCTV entering the close before taking the dog from the garden and leaving in a car.

Bear’s owner – who asked not to be named – said the trio stole his beloved pet just before 8pm on Thursday March 16.

He believes it was a premeditat­ed theft as the 10-year-old dog was taken away on a lead and one of the culprits was carrying a blanket, thought to be hiding food.

The 46-year-old owner said: “We’ve got a secure entry and the back door was also locked (with Bear outside).

“They tried to walk in but the front door was locked.

“Someone buzzed them in and around 10 minutes later they’re on camera walking back out.

“Bear is a big, friendly dog but he usually barks but there was nothing as they walked back out.

“It was just so brazen – I think they had food underneath the blanket one of the women was carrying.”

The thieves then left the street in a large car, thought to be a silver or grey Land Rover – before driving along Forebank Street.

As soon as Bear’s owner discovered he was missing he began his own search, contacted police and asked his neighbours if they recognised the trio.

He added: “I actually saw the people responsibl­e pulling up at the time, I assumed they were visiting someone.

“As soon as I knew Bear was gone I went searching before calling the police.

“Looking at the CCTV footage I would have placed the two women in their 50s or early 60s.

“I think the man looks like he is in his 40s, I don’t recognise any of them.

“The neighbours in the block are just as shocked as me.

“No one could give me an answer on who buzzed them in.”

A social media appeal has now been launched via Missing Pets Dundee & Angus.

Bear’s owner said he is thankful for the help and support he has had so far.

He added: “I’m out my mind with worry, the first few days after he was taken I never slept.

“If my partner hadn’t been supporting me through this I’d be a broken man at the moment.

“I’m so thankful for everyone trying to help and I just hope I get Bear back safely.”

A spokeswoma­n for

Police Scotland confirmed there is an ongoing investigat­ing into the incident.

She said: “Around 9.20pm on Thursday we received a report of a dog being stolen in the Bonnybank Road area of Dundee.

“Inquiries are ongoing.”

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 ?? ?? TAKEN: CCTV footage shows Bear, pictured below, being stolen from the garden.
TAKEN: CCTV footage shows Bear, pictured below, being stolen from the garden.

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