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Orpington Dognapper caught on CCTV

PUBLISHED: 13:13 10 November 2010

Two of the returned Shih Tzu puppies (the don't have names as so young)

Two of the returned Shih Tzu puppies (the don't have names as so young)

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A WOMAN who breeds pedigree dogs is urging pet owners to invest in tough security following the succesful prosecution of two dognappers who targetted her home.

The victim, who wished to remain anonymous, explained how devastated she was to discover several of her show standard pets had been stolen.

She revealed how CCTV installed at her kennels and home had then played a major role in bringing Billy Jeeves, 20, of Morton Close, Orpington, and George Smith, 19, of Old Maidstone Road, Sidcup, to justice. Both pleaded guilty to one count of burglary at Dartford Magistrates Court after targeting the property in Dartford.

During the recent case the court heard how the property containing seven valuable pedigree Shih Tzu dogs was watched several times before they were stolen from the garden. The victim, who wished to remain anonymous in case she is targeted again, said: “It’s the second time I’ve had dogs stolen. In July 2009, a litter of three pug puppies was also taken.

“The security of my property and the kennels is very high here now – it was high before August but since then I’ve had to invest much more heavily in it.

“These dogs are my pets and to lose them is heartbreaking. Every day, I think it may happen again and wonder if I’m being watched – but I’m watching them now.

“People shouldn’t underestimate these people – they have their eye on something and they want it, but they don’t consider the welfare of the dogs or their owners.

“I’ve been a breeder for more than 30 years now and these dogs mean the world to me, so this was fairly devastating for me.”

During sentencing on October 20 Jeeves was given a four-month curfew with a tag, £200 hours’ unpaid community work and ordered to pay £51 court costs and £675 compensation to the victim. Smith was given 180 hours’ unpaid community work and ordered to pay £51 court costs and £675 compensation to the victim.

The hearing was shown CCTV footage of them taking a pug called Pandora and six Shih Tzu puppies and showed the visiting a number of times previously.

Some of the dogs, Pandora and four male Shih Tzus, were recovered within a week of being stolen, but two female Shih Tzus, aged about 16-weeks-old now, have still not been found.

If you have information about the two missing 16-week-old Shih Tzu puppies, contact DC Reeve on 01474 366097 or Crinestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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