22nd Jul, 2019

Devastated owner says stolen dogs 'like family'

Malvern Editorial 8th May, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

THE OWNER of two dogs which were stolen in a daylight theft has said the irreplaceable pets were ‘like her family’.

Janet Ball had her two Jack Russell’s taken from Bluebell Farm, near Upton-upon-Severn, while she was walking her horses back to the stables.

The dogs, named Megan and Scamp, are the same line of Jack Russells Mrs Ball has kept for 47 years and she said there had not been a time when she hadn’t had one.

Fears were also raised as five-year-old Scamp was due to give birth last week while Mrs Ball said Megan, 13, may not be very valuable because of her age.

“What is worrying me is Scamp is heavily pregnant and she was due to pop last week so I don’t know what state or condition she will be in now,” Mrs Ball said.

“They meant everything to me and I can never replace them as the dogs are like your family. It is in your mind the whole time, you can’t think straight.

“I want to make as much publicity about this type of thing as possible because it is not only me, normally every day there are dogs being stolen everywhere.”

The theft happened about 6pm on Saturday, April 25, on the site near the A38 and A4104.

Both dogs, who are micro-chipped, are described as tri-coloured, but Megan was smoother while Scamp is ‘slightly more rough’.

Mrs Ball contacted police after the incident and also said she saw a dark grey Land Rover Discovery acting suspiciously along the hedge where the dogs went missing.

Police confirmed they had received a report that two Jack Russells had been stolen from the farm and urged anyone with further information to contact them on the non-emergency number 101.

Alternatively, people can call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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