A nine-inch tall dog that was stolen in a burglary at a Northampton home, was dumped and had to be put down after it suffered severe exposure.
Sami, a rare 13-year-old ‘teacup Yorkie’ was taken from a house in Goldings after a seven-point uPVC door was levered open by burglars.
I can’t believe that anybody would burgle a house and take a beloved pet, yet leave other valuables just lying there.Sandie Kind
Although jewellery boxes were left open and electrical equipment was clearly on display, the only thing found to be missing was Sami.
Its owners, Gemma Young, and daughter, Brooke, aged three, heard the following evening that after being found in a seriously ill condition three miles away, Sami had been taken to a vet.
Since the burglary, it had lost its collar and, with an out-of-date microchip and therefore no means of identification, the vet had already put Sami to sleep.
Brooke’s grandmother, Sandie King, said: “They feel awful that their dog has had to be put down in this way.
“I can’t believe that anybody would burgle a house and take a beloved pet, yet leave other valuables just lying there.
“At first I thought she may have just run out the open door, but when they found her near Blackthorn, with her collar removed, it seems likely she was stolen.”
Mini or ‘teacup’ Yorkshire terriers are highly-prized for their small size and Sami was bought for about £1,000 in 2001.
Breeding from teacup Yorkies is lucrative and, although Sami was too old to have puppies, the size of the breed means a layman could easily mistake an older dog for a younger one.
Northamptonshire Police said they were investigating the burglary and were working on the assumption that Sami was stolen by those who broke into the house.
Mrs King said: “ It’s horrible to think that Sami was left outside in what for her would have been extremely cold conditions. The vet said Sami had been having fitsbecause of the exposure she had suffered during the time she was missing.
“What she went through must have been terrible. These burglars have no hearts.”
Anyone with information can call police officers on 101 or can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.