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An "utterly heartbroken" family offer £1000 reward for stolen dachshunds

PUBLISHED: 16:48 02 July 2017

Lola (pictured on the right)  a miniature dachshund has been stolen from a home in Upwell with three others. Picture: Holden-Storey family

Lola (pictured on the right) a miniature dachshund has been stolen from a home in Upwell with three others. Picture: Holden-Storey family

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Almost twelve weeks after their four pedigree dachshunds were stolen, a heartbroken family are offering a £1,000 reward for each dog, in a desperate bid to have their animals returned.

The four miniature dachshunds, all bitches, were taken from a purpose built doghouse at Christine Holden-Storey’s home in Upwell, in Norfolk on the evening of Tuesday, April 18.

Mrs Holden-Storey believes the dogs; Phoebe, Lola, Millie and Florence were stolen after the home had been watched by an individual or gang.

“Whoever did this must have sussed the place out in daylight and then timed the break-in carefully because I was in and out of the doghouse all day.” said Mrs Holden-Storey.

The oldest of the four dogs, Phoebe is 11 who struggles to keep weight on, which is causing added concern to the family.

Despite several appeals on social media, and continually watching various dog websites the family have heard nothing.

Mrs Holden-Storey said: “We’ve had a couple of false leads, but nothing concrete. We’re just exhausted from the whole thing, it has taken it’s toll.

“I’d just like my dogs back, we just want them home so they can live out the rest of their lives with us.

“We need to know where they are.”

And she gave a warning for other dog owners: “Be very careful with security, these people are not opportunistic. Up your security, we didn’t feel we needed to but this has made us think twice.”

The family is offering the £1,000 reward for each dog in the hope it this will encourage someone to come forward.

Mrs Holden-Storey’s daughter, Emily said; “We’re offering a £1000 reward per dog as we believe there is a possibility they have been separated as we have received information from the public that one was recently offered for sale.

“For the sake of my parents who are utterly heartbroken, we need closure for them.

In the years between 2014-2016 the number of dogs reported as stolen across Norfolk was 102, of these 34 incidences in 2014, 55 in 2015 and 13 in 2016.

Anyone with information regarding the stolen dachshunds should contact Downham Market Police Station on 101.

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