Aug 29 2013 by Sophie McCoid, Ormskirk Advertiser
A YOUNG Yorkshire terrier has been snatched from a Bickerstaffe boarding kennels.
Poppy was staying at Whitehouse Boarding Kennels over the bank holiday weekend.
The two-year-old terrier is believed to have been stolen from her kennel on Sunday between 3pm and 4.30pm.
Helen Halsall, Poppy’s owner said: “We are all completely devastated that she’s been taken.
“She stays in the kennel quite often and we’ve never had any trouble before.
“When I got the call from the kennel saying she’d gone, I couldn’t believe it and my heart dropped.
“My daughter Lois is the one who looks after Poppy and she’s distraught; she cried herself to sleep last night.
“She’s completely traumatised. She’s an only child and she treats Poppy as her sister; we just want her to come home safely.”
The thieves got through two gates to get to Poppy, who was the only dog stolen from the kennels on Sunday afternoon.
Kennel owners, Mr and Mrs Jackson are distraught that Poppy has been stolen.
Mr Jackson said: “I just don’t know how this happened. There’s the main gates then there’s steel heavy doors to get the dogs.
“We only have one other key and we keep that safe in the house, so we just don’t know how they got in. We’ve looked everywhere for the dog but we haven’t been able to locate her.
“The police have been informed and we just hope they can catch the people responsible for this.”
A Facebook page has been set up to try and raise awareness of Poppy’s disappearance and it currently has 250 likes.
The family has been leaflet dropping in Ormskirk, Skelmersdale andBickerstaffe and are following up all possible leads and sightings.
Helen said: “Poppy is such a friendly dog; she loves people and, if someone came up to her, she would go to them and not bark.
“She’s always wagging her tail and doing tricks. She really is like a member of the family; she’s our baby.”
A police spokesman said: “We have been made aware of the incident and believe the dog may have been stolen for breeding purposes. We are making enquiries and have made no arrests as of yet.”
For more information see: www.facebook.com/pages/POPPY-Stolen-Dog/223021344519764