Thieves steal dog from 6-year-old burn victim

Thieves steal dog from 6-year-old burn victim

Thieves were caught on a CCTV camera stealing an expensive pug, which just happened to belong to a 6-year-old boy who has spent years recovering from horrific burns.

 The dog, a seven-month-old pug puppy, was bought for six-year-old Ellis Barrett by his mother, Lucy Swift, in an effort to cheer up the boy after he was released from the hospital. Over the course of the last four years, Ellis has undergone surgery for septicaemia, which he contracted after an accident in which he suffered horrible burns from scalding water. The boy has been left heartbroken that the dog, named “peaches,” was stolen, MailOnline reports.

Swift, who worked extra shifts to purchase the expensive dog, said Ellis is “devastated she’s gone and all we want is to find her.” Footage from a neighbor’s CCTV camera shows the dog theft, which took place on Sunday afternoon at the family’s West Yorkshire home. After the dog was let out in the front garden, two hooded men entered the yard and chased the pug, before catching the dog and making their getaway. Dog theft is on the rise in England, according to The Telegraph, which reports that organized gangs are thought to be behind the brazen acts of theft, which have risen in England by almost 20 percent in the last year.

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