Owner horror as man kicks pug in dog snatch attempt in Orchard Park

A dog owner has been left shaken after a man punched her pug and tried to steal her from her garden in Orchard Park.

Leon Sam, along with his family members, had noticed a man walking down his street several times in 15 minutes around 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 31. Shortly after, he heard a noise and saw the same man hitting his dog. , Zula, and tugging on its tail.

Leon quickly rushed to confront the man and demanded an explanation. The man said he was trying to play with the dog but the family were unconvinced when the man still wouldn’t leave.

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The incident was reported to the police, but the family was told that because the attacker had not picked up the dog, he had not committed an offence. The family are concerned that Zula has been targeted for selling because pugs are an expensive breed of dog and they fear the man will return.

Leon said: “We noticed the man walking down the street and past our property three times in the same 15 minute period. I was alerted to the situation by hearing the man hit my dog, I then went to the window and saw him tug on his tail in an attempt to catch him.

“I confronted the man by yelling at him and asking him what he was doing. He then started to stutter nervously and explained how he was playing with my dog.”

“I explained to her that hitting my dog ​​and pulling hard on her tail was not playing with her and I yelled at how unacceptable her behavior was. At this point my mother rushed up the stairs to bring the dog, but the man didn’t leave right away, instead he was still standing at the fence trying to catch him.”

Zula the pug is now safe and sound but his owners are still tired

Zula the pug is five years old and an integral part of Leon’s family. The family posted a message on social media confirming they are safe and unharmed, but warned others to remain vigilant.

Leon said: “My dog ​​is a pug and I think that’s what made her want to try flying as they are very expensive and can be bred to make a lot of money. Personally I’m afraid that something like this doesn’t happen again.”

The family fear the man may return, as they believe he lives locally and has not been apprehended. It comes as the UK hits a seven-year high in dog thefts and more than 2,700 pooches were stolen in 2021 alone.

Although West Yorkshire ranks first for most dog thefts, Humberside Police have received 120 reports of stolen dogs between 2018 and 2020. During the pandemic, the demand for dogs grew exponentially, which unfortunately saw puppy prices skyrocket and gangs target dogs for resale.

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