Thieves broke into a house and stole a miniature dachshund puppy called Roland.
Police are investigating and an urgent appeal has been made to ensure his safe return.
Roland is five months old and is described by his distraught owner as “happy, confident and extremely sympathetic”.
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Two men were captured on CCTV around 5:39 am today – Monday – before the heist on Randolph Street in Levenshulme.
Its owner, a 33-year-old woman who requested anonymity, said Roland slept in her bed in the kitchen at the time.
His car, a black Peugeot, was also taken in the raid with his handbag.
Police confirmed investigations were underway.
The campaign has now been taken over by Beauty’s Legacy – a voluntary group that helps reunite lost and found animals with their owners – and a £ 1,000 reward is being offered for their safe return as part of a growing campaign on social networks.
Roland is microchipped – and has now been recorded as stolen.
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Talk to Manchester evening news , its owner said she had bought it privately for £ 2,000 about three months ago.
“I was sleeping and my neighbors saw it on CCTV,” she said.
“These are two men walking down the street.
“They found my keys, which were in my purse, and took Roland to my car.
“I didn’t hear anything and from the CCTV footage everything was very fast.
“Roland was downstairs in the kitchen asleep in his bed. I haven’t had it for a long time, a little over three months.
“I don’t even know what to think anymore. It’s awful.
“He is very friendly and I think he would be a very easy dog to fly.
“Roland loves humans – he’s happy, confident and extremely sympathetic. I just want him to come back.
“They just had to see an opportunity and take it.
“Roland has a very distinctive mark on the back of his neck – it’s half brown and half dapple.
“I just woke up this morning and thought it was weird that he wasn’t there – so I went downstairs and couldn’t see him.
“I realized this when I saw all the open drawers and cupboards.”
Images of Roland – and the car – are now widely shared on Facebook.
Roland’s owner said she was waiting for police to make a statement.
The car’s license plate is VN15 SMX and it is still in circulation.
In a statement to MEN, Greater Manchester Police said: “At approximately 8:20 am today, Monday, we received a report of a burglary on Randolph Street, Manchester.
“The investigations are ongoing.
“Anyone with information should contact the police citing incident 677 of 04/10/21.
“Contact can be made through our LiveChat feature at www.gmp.police.uk or through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”
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