This is the moment a dognapper snatches a poorly, elderly woman’s Shih Tzu from outside a newsagents in Manchester.
Jack, a male Shih Tzu, was sat outside Bobby’s Convenience Store waiting for his owner on Rochdale Road when he was snatched by an unknown assailant on March 11.
CCTV footage shows the dognapper running away from the shop and towards an awaiting Ford Mondeo on a side road. The incident happened in broad daylight.
Jack’s 60-year-old owner suffers from lung cancer and relies on her beloved Shih Tzu for emotional support. He still hasn’t been found.
The woman, who doesn’t want to be named, is appealing for anyone who might have Jack to contact Greater Manchester Police – or at least return him to a vet. She wants to welcome him home with ‘no questions asked’.
Since the news broke a couple of days ago, the CCTV footage has been surfacing on social media and DogLost, the biggest UK dog rescue community, has also got involved.
Justine Quirk, volunteer media representative for DogLost, said: “Any theft of any dog is cruel and the emotional toll it takes on an owner can be utterly destroying – but in this case, it’s not only affecting her emotionally but medically too.
“It’s very clear that Jack means everything to her and that’s why we are appealing to anyone that knows where Jack is, to do the right thing and either contact Greater Manchester Police or DogLost so we can get Jack home safely.
“If you have Jack or you were sold him not knowing he was stolen, then please take him to any veterinary practice, say you found him and leave him there safely.
“They will ensure he is returned. We have very clear CCTV footage of the car and the people involved in Jack’s theft so please do just get in touch.”
A spokesperson for Greater Manchester Police said that the force is continuing its enquiry into the incident.
Anyone with any information about the theft can contact Jack’s owner’s DogLost representative on 07981090965 or call Greater Manchester Police on 101.
Tameside police officers hailed ‘absolute heroes’ after saving the life of a seven-year-old girl
Two Tameside police officers have been hailed as “absolute heroes” after saving the life of a seven-year-old little girl.
It comes after emergency services were called to an address in the Greater Manchester borough of Tameside earlier this week (29 November), and found a young girl who was struggling to breath and coughing up blood after choking on a sweet.
Police Constables Aaron Kincaid and James Blundell, from Greater Manchester Police‘s (GMP) Tameside division, were first on the scene.
To the huge relief of the girl’s parents, who were said to be “understandably distressed” and concerned for her welfare, PC Kincaid jumped straight into action and was able to utilise his first aid training to full effect by going on to successfully dislodge the sweet from the youngster’s throat, and then helping to calm her down before the paramedics arrived.
Whilst PC Kincaid looked after the little girl, PC Blundell did “everything he could” to help the parents remain calm.
Paramedics then took over once they arrived, and the young girl was taken to hospital as a precaution.
Reflecting on the incident, and hailing his officers “absolute heroes”, Superintendent Mike Walsh, from GMP’s Tameside district, said: “PCs Aaron Kincaid and James Blundell acted without hesitation during the incident, and took control of the situation that they were faced with.
“They deserve every credit for staying calm under extreme pressure and for working together as a team and utilising their training to lifesaving effect, and I’m sure the girl’s parents and family will consider them to be absolute heroes.”
“We’re both glad that we were in the right place at the right time,” PC Kincaid added.
“I have a daughter the same age as the little girl who needed our help, and I cannot tell you how much of a relief it was when she started breathing normally and said she was okay after I had managed to dislodge the sweet.