A young couple left devastated after their puppy was cruelly stolen say his disappearance is like the loss of a family member.
Marc Rose and Jade Earley have renewed appeals for the callous thieves to return four-month-old pedigree dachshund Richie six weeks after he was first taken from them.
Despite a number of possible sightings in the Preston area, the little dog has yet to be reunited with his owners, who live at Tudor Close, Carleton.
Mr Rose, 26, said: “We’ve got no further in terms of trying to find him, there’s still no dog I’m afraid.
“It’s just hard work and we’re focusing on the Preston area, but it’s not like I can just go to Preston and have a look for him.”
Mr Rose had returned home one Monday lunchtime in March to find two laptops, other electrical items and a gold watch had been stolen.
Bedrooms and stairs were also daubed with spray-paint.
Mr Rose immediately searched for Richie, who was bought as a Christmas present for Jade, but he was nowhere to be found.
Police suspect the raiders stole the dog – who cost £900 – from the conservatory, where he was kept during the day
Mr Rose, who runs his own plumbing business, added the couple had found it hard to cope with Richie’s loss.
He added: “Hope is dying but we’re not giving up. We’re just trying to block it out as much as we can now.
“It’s horrible, like a loss
in the family.”
A 45-year-old man from Preston was arrested on suspicion of burglary with intent to steal in connection with the incident and was bailed until tomorrow.
A second man, a 37-year-old from Preston, was also arrested on suspicion of burgling the Carleton home, but was released without charge.