Friday, 15 March 2013

Day 2 - Stolen dogs and the affects on owners

“It can happen to you”

Today we are focusing on just two cases of dog theft.

Brook: A chocolate Labrador stolen from the owners’ garden 16th April 2011 in Bay Horse, Lancaster, UK

Angel: A German Shorthaired Pointer who was stolen from under her owner’s nose on the 06 December 2012 whilst she was putting her other 3 dogs back into the car.


Angel, a German Shorthaired Pointer, belonging to Dawn Maw was stolen from under her owner's nose at 7:30am on the 6th of December 2012 while she was putting her other 3 dogs back into the car.

When she called Angel to get in the car there was no sign of her, Dawn presumed she had gone through the hedge next to the car park back into the field to hunt the birds as she usually did.

Dawn walked back into the field calling and whistling for Angel but there was no sign of her, it was totally unlike Angel not to come back on the whistle as she was a highly trained gundog. Dawn thought maybe Angel had gone back to the car, but as she turned to go back she saw a white transit-type car drive away at speed. As the van was between her and the car, she did not see the number plate and at the time thought nothing of it. As the hunt through the day continued for Angel it began to become a reality that whoever was in the can now had Angel.

Since that day a relentless campaign to try to find Angel has taken place with the help of Angels Army, a group of several thousand people across the UK, Ireland and Europe who have come together on Facebook, Twitter, DogLost and other places to find her. Dawn has appeared in national newspapers and on national TV, including the Alan Titchmarsh show and Daybreak to tell her story and spread the word. Tens of thousands of posters have been put up and flyers and business cards with Angels details have been distributed throughout the UK and Ireland. Posters have been translated into several different languages to cover the UK and also Europe with word being spread through Spain and Holland in particular. In one weekend alone at the British Shooting show, Dawn and Angels Army handed out in excess of 10,000 flyers and business cards.

Although Angel is a full champion, having qualifications in the show ring and in the field, first and foremost she is a much loved family pet, never happier than when curled up on the sofa with Dawn and the children. She is brown (liver) and white and has an undocked tail, distinctive by the fact that the last half is white. She is spayed so is of no use to anyone who may hope to breed from her. She is also micro-chipped and was wearing a collar and tag when she was taken although no doubt her collar was quickly removed.

Angel has her own Facebook ( She is also on If you have any information please contact 07921 682002.


Brook: A chocolate Labrador stolen from the owners’ garden 16th April 2011 in Bay Horse, Lancaster, UK

The owner of Brook, Caroline Hoyles, Explains what happened:

"Brook is a chocolate Labrador that was taken from our garden in Bay Horse, Lancaster, UK on the 16th April, 2011. We are terribly worried about him and desperately want him home where he belongs. Brook came to live with us when he was just a few weeks old. Not only was he a birthday surprise for me, but the first time I met him he had an engagement ring tied around his neck. This makes him even more special to Aubrey and myself.

He spends his days with his dad sat in the tractor and exploring the countryside, and when at home he is either walking the canal or lounging on the sofa. He has always had a lovely life with us, and we dread to think what life is like for him now...he will be missing us so badly! He has spent the odd night in kennels, but he barks so much that when he comes home he has lost his bark...he can't bear not to be with Aubrey. Brook will be fretting and so unhappy, we really do need to FIND BROOK and get him back home with us.

Someone, somewhere has got him or knows something! We think he may have been stolen for breeding purposes. Unfortunately he is not chipped but he has a tiny white fleck on his chest in between his front legs, he is long legged and has a slight kink in his tail. Has someone you know recently got a chocolate labrador?"

If you have any information please contact Caroline and Aubrey Hoyles on UK +44 (0)7765 785880 or by email

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