Thieves broke into a house in Manchester and stole a miniature dachshund puppy.
Police are investigating and an urgent appeal has been made to ensure his safe return.
The puppy called Roland is five months old, his distraught owner describes him as “happy, confident and extremely friendly”.
Two men were captured on CCTV at around 5:39 a.m. on Monday October 4 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.
Speaking to the 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 was in my purse, and took Roland to my car. I didn’t hear a thing and from the CCTV footage it was all 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. They must have seen an opportunity and seized it.
“Roland has a very distinctive mark on the back of his neck – it’s half brown and half dapple.”
Images of Roland – and the car – are now widely shared on social media.
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, Greater Manchester Police said: “At approximately 8:20 am today Monday we received a report of a burglary on Randolph Street, Manchester. Investigations are ongoing.
“Anyone with information should contact the police citing incident 677 of 04/10/21.
“Contact can be established through our LiveChat function at www.gmp.police.uk or via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. “