Dog theft is latest blow for family

A WOMAN has been left devastated by the theft of her dog just months after an arson attack on her Cleckheaton home.

Julie Hunt’s much-loved Italian Mastiff dog Goochie was stolen from a friend’s garden in Linton Close last weekend, the third piece of bad luck to fall upon her in recent months.

Mrs Hunt was the victim of an arson attack in April that damaged her home so badly she had to move out. Just weeks later thieves broke into the house and ripped copper pipes and her boiler from the wall.

Her friend offered to take her eight-year-old dog in while the family looked for alternative accomodation but while Goochie was in the garden she was snatched by thieves.

“My friend had been to the shops and Goochie was in the garden, which is surrounded by a big six-foot fence,” Mrs Hunt said.

“When my friend got back, the dog was gone. She couldn’t have got out herself. I’ve had her since she was a pup, she’s a family dog and has a lovely nature.”

Insp Tim Holland from the Spen Neighbourhood Police Team (NPT) is appealing for witnesses.

“We are aware that Mrs Hunt has had a run of bad luck and this incident has hit her hard because it’s her family dog.

“If anyone has any information on the theft they should contact us immediately.”

l Anyone who has information should contact the Spen NPT on 01924 295357 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.