Gayton couple appeal for return of stolen puppies

Gail Clarke of Cherry tree farm Gayton with remaining puppies after seven of the nine were stolen. ANL-160330-133630009
Gail Clarke of Cherry tree farm Gayton with remaining puppies after seven of the nine were stolen. ANL-160330-133630009

A Gayton couple have been left “gutted” after thieves raided their kennels to steal puppies and a dog.

Andrew Richardson and Gail Clarke were woken during the early hours of Wednesday morning by their barking dogs and found their kennel had been raided.

The couple are now appealing for the return of the seven puppies and 10-month-old Dotty, all of which are cocker spaniels.

Mr Richardson said: “We are absolutely gutted. You hear stories of puppies being stolen and then dumped when they can’t sell them.

“We just really want them back.”

The couple is hoping to start up a breeding kennel business, which is registered with the Kennel Club and has received planning permission from West Norfolk Council.

Mr Richardson believes the kennels had been targeted.

He said: “It was about 1.30am when we heard the dogs barking, usually it is really quiet.

“I looked out of the window and could see a shadow moving. We have heat lamps for the puppies.

“By the time I got out there they had left.”

The seven puppies were part of a litter of nine. The thieves had left the mother, Little Chief along with her two remaining pups.

The pups are described as : a black dog, golden dog, chocolate and white dog, black and tan dog, black and white bitch, chocolate bitch and a cinnamon and white bitch.

Mr Richardson said: “She was hard to settle down afterwards and has been anxious all morning.

“The pups should stay on their mum until eight weeks but they can go at seven weeks. They should survive as they are eating solid food. But we are really concerned for them.”

The couple had earlier bred Dotty, a black and white spaniel. Mr Richardson said: “She is really friendly and a lovely dog.

“We are definitely going to be increasing security on the kennels. This has been a big blow to us.”

Police are appealing for more information, particularly sightings of a small dark coloured hatchback in the area and anyone who has been offered dogs for sale.

Contact police on the 101 number.