A WOMAN has been left battered and bruised after two men who claimed to want to buy her pups beat her up before stealing one of the dogs.
The woman from Abergavenny, Gwent, had placed an ad on pets4homes hoping to find new homes for a litter of eight-week-old pure breed pugs – worth up to £1500 each.
But after seeing the advert yesterday two men showed up to the woman’s address before beating her up and making away with one of the puppies.
The woman, known only as Liz, has been left battered, bruised and shaken up by the attack.
Her daughter-in-law, Kayleigh Whiteman, posted an appeal on Facebook to share what had happened as well as hopefully hunt down the attackers.
She wrote: “The man kept wanting to take the dogs out to show his ‘daughter’ the pup.
“Liz said ‘no’ so he went to the car (without pup) and came back with another man.
“They scooped up all the pups and left causing a fight with Liz and beating her up.
“I don’t want this happening to anyone else.
“Can you warn others out there that these people are about.
“They will look for ads on pet websites such as pets4homes, contact you and come visit your home and steal the dogs.”
It was originally believed that the men stole three of the dogs but two of them were later found in the house.
A Facebook page called Stolen Pugs – Get them home – Abergavenny was set up this morning and already has over 600 members and hundreds of shares.
One user, Sheril Candland wrote: “Haven’t got a dog but this sickens me.
“I hope police catch them and also charge them with assault are they investigating.”
And Anne McKinney said: “This is the start of it coming up to Christmas.
“Much as I am against breeders these wee pups need to be found.”
A statement from Gwent Police said: “Police are appealing for information after a black pug dog was taken during a robbery at an address in Abergavenny.
“The robbery happened at around 5.45pm yesterday evening (Monday 26th October 2015) and Gwent Police would like to speak to two men in connection with this.
“The first one is described as approximately 5 foot 8 tall, in his 40’s, large build and bald.
“The second, who is in his 30’s, has fair hair with a moustache.
“They were driving a dark coloured car, possibly a Volkswagen Golf.
“If anyone has any information regarding this, please call 101 quoting log number 349 26/10/15.
“Police are reminding dog breeders to remain cautious when offering dogs for sale.
“If anyone is thinking of purchasing a dog, always ask for the relevant paperwork and call Police on 101 if you notice anything suspicious.”