A dog is believed to have been stolen his owner went shopping in Blackpool.
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Patch, a three-year-old Jack Russell, disappeared from outside a shop on Talbot Road between 6.25pm and 6.30pm on Thursday, police said.
Officers were called at around 7.30pm, a Lancashire Police spokesman said.
Dog rescue group Harvey’s Army reported the dog ‘was seen to have been unclipped and taken by a couple’.
The police spokesman said: “The dog is a Jack Russell, white and brown, wearing a red and white collar and a red and white lead.
“The dog is microchipped.”
No arrests have yet been made.
Anyone with any information about Patch’s disappearnce is asked to contact police on 101, quoting log reference number 1266 of February 15.