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A 'heartbroken' family has shared footage of their Labradors being stolen in broad daylight. Watch here:
Black Labs Denzel and Welly were tethered up outside Marks and Spencer on Market Street in Nantwich, Cheshire, when they were taken at around 6.10pm yesterday (Saturday 27 March).
CCTV footage captured two men running down the street with the dogs.
Posting the video on social media, owner Charlotte Robson said: "We are heartbroken and we don't even know how we are going to explain them not being here in the morning to the girls.
"Please share this, please keep your eyes open and please keep your beautiful pets close to you tonight and give them a kiss from us.
"I always like to see the good in this world and the sense of community we have felt this evening has kept us going beyond belief. Men like this don't deserve the good and I hope there is at least one teeny part of them that is full of regret for tearing a family apart this evening."
The family are now offering a 'substantial reward' for the safe return of their dogs.
Charlotte's husband Dale told Nantwich News: "They are the nicest, friendliest dogs. They are our family.
"They are both castrated and will not be able to be used as breeding dogs. They are family dogs and belong here with their family.
"We are devastated and we have two daughters that are going to be heartbroken.
"We just want them back. Please call 07710304070 no questions will be asked we just want them back.
"Denzel will be barking if he is somewhere he doesn't want to be. Welly will be shaking scared. Please keep an ear out for excessive barking as well as an eye out for them."
Police are now appealing for information to help identify the thieves and locate the dogs.
In a statement shared with LADbible, detective sergeant Vicki Shelton said: "The dogs' owner is understandably deeply upset.
"Pets are part of the family and having them stolen is a harrowing and distressing experience.
"I would like to reassure members of the community that we take incidents of this nature extremely seriously and are doing all we can to establish who stole the dogs, make them face the consequences of their actions and have the pets returned to their rightful owner.
"Enquiries are ongoing and I urge anyone who believes they may know the identities of the men in the CTTV footage to get in touch.
"You cannot see their faces clearly in the footage but we are hoping that some members of the public may recognise them from their builds, the clothes they were wearing and the way they run.
"We also want to hear from anyone who witnessed the dogs being stolen or has any other information that may aid our investigation.
"Perhaps you think you know where the dogs are, or have CCTV or dashcam footage that may be relevant to the investigation."
Anyone with information or footage that may help the investigation is asked to call Cheshire Constabulary on 101, quoting incident number 21000195850.
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