Romford woman distraught after dog stolen from outside supermarket
PUBLISHED: 07:00 22 December 2015 | UPDATED: 13:14 22 December 2015
A woman has been left distraught after her six-month-old Pomeranian was stolen from outside a supermarket express store.
Bhavini Vyas, 30, who lives in Forest Road, Mawneys, was away visiting friends and had left the golden-haired dog, named Cruz, in the care of her mother-in-law Anita on Saturday.
While taking Cruz for a walk that evening, 54-year-old Anita, of Mawney Road, stopped by at the Tesco Marlborough Express store, on the junction of Marlborough Road and Mawney Road.
As she approached the shop at about 7pm, she was approached by a child and two adults.
Describing what happened, Bhavini said: “As my mother-in-law approached the store, she was stopped by a boy aged about 12 years old, wearing tracksuit bottoms and trainers, and a man who could have been his dad and a woman.
“The man began to stroke the dog, saying he was really cute.”
Anita tied Cruz up outside and went into the shop, but when she returned he was gone.
“As soon as she had her back turned, they grabbed him and ran off,” said Bhavini.
The owner and her husband Shane had only bought the pet in June.
“I have been up all night posting on Facebook and on websites for lost dogs,” said Bhavini.
“I hope to bring some attention and to spread the word and maybe raise some awareness that at this time of year, people are going round taking dogs.
“I really hope we can get him back.”
Cruz, who was wearing a silver chain lead, has been microchipped and also neutered.
A police spokesman said: “I can confirm no arrests have yet been made following a report of a dog stolen.
“Queries are ongoing.”
Anyone with information is asked to call Bhavini on 07581 195148 or Shane on 07983 333426.