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Woman dragged out of car by her hair by as puppynappers attempt to steal her dog

Barney Davis
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A vicious gang dragged a woman out of a car by her hair in a brazen attempt to steal her puppy.

The woman was attacked in Sheffield last Monday at 2pm, The Mirror reported.

A van driver got out and walked over to her car and demanding she hand over her dog - an expensive Lhasa Apso.

She refused, so the man grabbed her by the hair through the open window and yanked her out of the car.

The man got back in his van and drove off, leaving the victim with bruising and cuts to her knees.

Two men, aged 30 and 33, were arrested this week on suspicion of attempted robbery and remain in custody.

Ten dogs a day are being stolen in the UK, according to animal charities.

It came as Lady Gaga’s bouncer was shot in the chest four times and her two French Bulldogs taken in the US this week.

Last week a pet owner begged for the safe return of her pet pooch after carjackers stole a dog walker’s van in north London.

The van, which had three dogs inside, was taken around 1pm in Barnet on Thursday.

A photo of Melina Georgiou’s puppy NalaMelina Georgiou
A photo of Melina Georgiou’s puppy NalaMelina Georgiou

One of the dogs’ owners, Melina Georgiou, launched an appeal on Facebook for the return of her Maltipoo, Nala.

“Our beautiful little 1 year old maltipoo called Nala was stolen this afternoon while the dogs were being dropped home from a walk by our dog Walker,” Ms Georgiou shared on Facebook alongside images of her one-year-old pup.

She said the dog walker had got out of the vehicle to drop one of the dogs home when “jumped in her van and drove off with Nala and two others.”

“Please if anyone sees anything suspicious or even spots her MESSAGE ME here. Thanks so much. We WILL find our beautiful girl. We have to.”

The Home Secretary has pledged to look at measures to tackle “absolutely shocking” pet thefts and to “go after” the thieves who are profiting from the crime.

Speaking on LBC Radio, Priti Patel stopped short of committing to tougher new laws but said she was “looking into what kind of measures can be put in place in terms of the criminality”.

It comes after former Conservative leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith called for tougher sentences for pet thieves amid reports of a spike in the crime.

Ms Patel said: “This is absolutely shocking, it’s a shocking crime that is taking place”, adding that she understood in London “it’s very prevalent right now”.

She said: “I’m looking at this, I am absolutely looking at what we can do.”

She said she was working with Sir Iain and talking to police because “we need to actually understand what is going on here”.

Ms Patel added: “This is a very serious issue… it’s absolutely horrible, quite frankly.”

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