Dog owners plea for safe return of pup stolen by gang on Woodhead Pass

A dog owner has made an emotional plea for the safe return of a puppy allegedly stolen by a gang of men from the Woodhead Pass near Sheffield.Â

Wednesday, 16th January 2019, 5:45 pm
Updated Thursday, 17th January 2019, 2:36 pm
Missing dog Milo
Missing dog Milo

Milo, a German Shepherd cross, was stolen at around 11pm on Monday December 14, by a gang of men who had purported to be dog trainers. 

His owner, Alana Bell, 28, of Manchester, had arranged to meet one of men, after he replied to an advertisement for a trainer due to the 10-month-old's behavioural issues after being rescued from a puppy farm where he had been abused leaving him scared of men. 

Missing dog Milo

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The man, who gave the name '˜Mark' told Alana to travel towards Sheffield, as he was from Rotherham, and that he would let her know the address when she was close by. 

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However, when she reached Woodhead Pass, she decided to call '˜Mark', who conveniently said he was only five minutes away and the pair met in a lay by. 

Upon arrival a man '“ believed to be in his late 30's to early 40's '“ stepped out the car, followed by two other men leaving Alana fearing what would happen next. 

Milo was allegedly taken by three men in a black Saab

She said: 'He kept stepping closer to me. The he just snatched Milo out my hand, and Milo was trying to get back to me.

'He just dragged him away and into the car. It all happened so quick, I was frozen and didn't know what to do, then they sped off. I just sat in the car for about 20 minutes, and rang the guy back pleading for Milo, saying he needs to get to the vets please take him to the vets.'

Milo is currently suffering from a skin condition, therefore needs to see a vet regularly, and suffers from separation anxiety. 

After the ordeal, '˜Mark' rang Alana, thanking her for '˜the dog'.

'In hindsight I feel stupid, I think why did I meet them,' Alana added. 'I've got two young daughters and I'm keeping it from them. I just took them to school but they have been asking where Milo is.

'I kept ringing the number, and asked my family too. His friend, who said he was the driver, rang me the next day and said he didn't know it was going to happen. He offered me money, but I said no I want Milo back, just tell your friend to take him to the local vets.'

Milo is currently micro-chipped, and was allegedly taken in a black D-reg Saab. 

'If they could drop him off at the vets, they'll have my details or leave him somewhere I can get him. It would mean the world to me to get him back, he's like my son,' Alana said. 

Anyone with information on Milo's whereabouts should call Derbyshire police on 101.