A veterinary nurse is urging people to contact the police after a group of dogs were stolen from their dog walker’s van.

Erol and Pia
Erol (left) and Pia have now been reunited with their owners.

Two of the stolen dogs – pugs Pia and Erol – have been found and reunited with their owners, but another two are still missing.

Thrown out

A passer-by rescued Pia and Erol after they were thrown from a moving car in New Addington, south London, and took them to Goddard Veterinary Group.

On examining and scanning the dogs, RVN Marie Driscoll discovered they were part of the group that had been stolen from Forest Hill on 18 August.

When the dogs had originally disappeared, a social media campaign was launched to find them, which their owners believe may have contributed to them becoming “too hot to handle” and being dumped by the thieves.

Mixed emotions

Erol’s owner, Hannah Boniface, said she had mixed feelings when she heard he had been found due to her other dog, which was also stolen, still being missing.

She said: “I was delighted [Erol] was safe, of course, but it was tinged with sadness and guilt that our other dog, Pippa – Erol’s mum – is still out there somewhere.”

Microchip protection

Mrs Driscoll said dog theft is on the rise and the best thing owners can do to protect their pets is to have them microchipped.

“It was an emotional moment when [Pia and Erol] were reunited with their owners and we are very happy for them all, but anxious the two dogs still missing are found,” she said. “We urge anyone with information to contact the police.”

Pippa, a fawn-coloured pug, and Jules, a black Jack Russell terrier pug cross with a white paw, are still missing.

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