A pensioner whose beloved dog’s ashes were stolen from his home today branded those responsible “the lowest of the low”.
Thieves also stole jewellery and cash when they ransacked 73-year-old John Magee’s house in a raid which took place in broad daylight.
But Mr Magee has been left most upset by the loss of his faithful collie Foxy’s remains, and is offering a reward to anyone who can trace them.
He told The Gazette: “I can hardly sleep or anything. I feel desperate.
“The drawers were pulled out and the place was upside down. Foxy was very special because he was the first dog I had. I had him for 14 years so I’m very upset and I don’t know what to do.”
Mr Magee, from Princess Court, central Blackpool, is offering £50 for the safe return of the ashes, which are held in a little brown casket.
A gold plated dish bearing Foxy’s name was also stolen in the raid on the morning of Saturday, September 20 – along with two diamond rings, four watches, a gold bracelet and £700 in cash.
Thankfully the ashes of his other dog Jack, who died last year, were left untouched.
Crime Scene Investigators detectives examined the scene but found only one footprint in their search.
Mr Magee, who lives with his Jack Russell Terrier called Biscuit, added: “If anyone can find Foxy for me I would give them a £50 reward.
“The people who’ve done this must be the lowest of the low, that’s what I think.
“There’s just no name for them.
“They probably don’t know what it was that they took but I’m very upset by it.”