Four terriers stolen from Shropshire gardens in two days

By Sue Austin | North Shropshire | Crime | Published:

Four dogs were stolen from two Shropshire homes over two days.

Border terrier, GJ stolen from the Ifton area of St Martins

The disappearance of the terriers has left youngsters in tears and their owners desperate to see their animals returned.

Three border terriers were stolen from a kennel at a house at Moreton Say, Market Drayton, on February 14 while owner, Julian Barnfield was in hospital for an eye appointment.

The previous day a 10-year-old terrier, GJ, was taken from a garden in the Ifton area of St Martin's.

His owner, Jane Goodhead, said the dog would never have wandered out of the garden.

"He is an old dog and is on medication. Our daughter, Poppy, who is five wont stop crying. We just want him home," she said.

She said a red van was seen in the area on the day GJ disappeared. Anyone with information can contact her on 07814 141853.

Mr Barnfield said his kennel was forced open and the three females, three-year-old Berry and her daughters one-year-old Ivy and four-month old Erin, were taken.

He said: "We have four terriers, all from the same family. I knew I was going to be away for a long time so we left the older one in the house and the other three in their kennel outside.


"When we returned the padlock to the kennel had been forced and the dogs were gone. They hadn't touched their food so I know they must have been stolen about 9am, not long after we left.

"Around that time a small white van was seen in the area."

Mr Barnfield said he had owned border terriers all from the same family, for about 25 years and loved his dogs.

"They are real house dogs. The strange thing is I am usually out all day on Wednesdays and they always come with me. Our daughter, Claudia, who is 10, is distraught," he said.

"We just want the dogs back and have offered a reward. People can contact us on 07917 861519."

Sue Austin

By Sue Austin
Chief Reporter

Chief reporter of the Oswestry/Mid Wales office. Keen to hear your news.


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