Puppy snatched in Belvedere pet shop raid given new home

News Shopper: Puppy reunited with shopkeeper Sheri Poole Puppy reunited with shopkeeper Sheri Poole

A PEDIGREE puppy stolen during a late night smash-and-grab raid on a Belvedere pet shop three weeks ago has been found safe and well.

The adorable Shih Tzu was among four pooches – valued at a total of £2,000 – snatched from Belvedere Pets and Flowers on the evening of January 15.

Just as hope was running out the tiny pup was returned to the Albert Road shop after Bexley police arrested a man in connection with his disappearance on Thursday.

And just two days later the cute pooch was bought and given a new home.

Delighted shop owner Sheri Poole told News Shopper: “I’m very pleased, I didn’t really expect to get any of them back.

“I heard he was a bought off a drug addict in a park. He’s been well looked after.

“He’s gone to a nice little family with two young daughters.”

Mrs Poole, who picked up the pup from the police station, added: “To have all four back would be lovely.

“Don’t get me wrong I’m really pleased but there are still three missing and still don’t know where they’ve ended up.”

Steve Comfrey, shop assistant at Belvedere Pets and Flowers, believes the break through offers enhances the chances of finding the other Shih Tzu and two West Highland White Terriers.

He said: “Personally I didn’t expect to get them back.

“He’s been well looked after, there’s hope for the others.”

Bexley police arrested the man on suspicion of burglary following the return of the pup.

Around £350 in cash was also taken from the shop, which sells a wide range of animals, during the raid.

A Bexley police spokesman said: "Police have arrested a male in relation to the burglary and recovered what is believed to be one of the stolen puppies. At this stage further enquires are ongoing."

Anyone with information should call Bexley burglary and robbery squad on 020 8284 9248.

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7:19pm Tue 5 Feb 13

derekhope says...

Looks like someone has been sold a pup then.
Looks like someone has been sold a pup then. derekhope
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8:38pm Tue 5 Feb 13

bexleybee says...

Come on News Shopper, get the facts right. The shop is in Albert Road.
Come on News Shopper, get the facts right. The shop is in Albert Road. bexleybee
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11:29am Wed 6 Feb 13

Gypo.Joe says...

Check the local take away grub places.

Sweet and sour Shih Tzu.
Check the local take away grub places. Sweet and sour Shih Tzu. Gypo.Joe
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1:12pm Wed 6 Feb 13

Hk says...

bexleybee wrote:
Come on News Shopper, get the facts right. The shop is in Albert Road.
Think if you read the article they say the shop is in Albert Road!
[quote][p][bold]bexleybee[/bold] wrote: Come on News Shopper, get the facts right. The shop is in Albert Road.[/p][/quote]Think if you read the article they say the shop is in Albert Road! Hk
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12:00pm Fri 8 Feb 13

DA17 Resident says...

I'm pleased that at least one has been found. So sad that the shop keeper decided to still sell the pup - nothing gets in the way of profit, eh? We are not told where this pup originally came from or anything about it's parents but the sad truth is that it is shops like this aid continuation of puppy farms.

Rescue, Don't Buy!!!
I'm pleased that at least one has been found. So sad that the shop keeper decided to still sell the pup - nothing gets in the way of profit, eh? We are not told where this pup originally came from or anything about it's parents but the sad truth is that it is shops like this aid continuation of puppy farms. Rescue, Don't Buy!!! DA17 Resident
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8:16am Sat 9 Feb 13

Whitedog says...

Am I the only one who was shocked that there are people in shops who still sell dogs and cats? Where do those poor pups come from? Surely a reputable breeder would not sell puppies or kittens into a pets hop! I can think only of a puppy farmer!
If these pups are kept in pet shops pass 12 weeks, how will they socialise and get to know the outdoors? The learning window closes very early. How are the new owners protected if the puppy develops health problems or even die? ( not uncommon in puppies from farm).
I thought that selling pets in shops was ruled out by animal loving shop owners but obviously not in Belvedere!
I hope that the other stolen puppies are in good homes now and will not be returned to pet shop! I feel sorry for the one who was returned - alone, kept in a cage! The family should have kept it
Am I the only one who was shocked that there are people in shops who still sell dogs and cats? Where do those poor pups come from? Surely a reputable breeder would not sell puppies or kittens into a pets hop! I can think only of a puppy farmer! If these pups are kept in pet shops pass 12 weeks, how will they socialise and get to know the outdoors? The learning window closes very early. How are the new owners protected if the puppy develops health problems or even die? ( not uncommon in puppies from farm). I thought that selling pets in shops was ruled out by animal loving shop owners but obviously not in Belvedere! I hope that the other stolen puppies are in good homes now and will not be returned to pet shop! I feel sorry for the one who was returned - alone, kept in a cage! The family should have kept it Whitedog
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2:52am Sun 3 Mar 13

missymoomoo12 says...

derekhope wrote:
Looks like someone has been sold a pup then.
I do wish people would stop making bad remarks and stupid silly jokes about the pet shop in Belvedere!

There are so few smaller shops still flurishing and trading in this day because of on-line shopping and the huge shopping malls like bluewater, that we really shouldn't be running them down!

I have shopped here for the last 5 yrs and have my dogs clipped at the outlet at the back of the shop and have had excellent service!! no, actually it's FANTASTIC service!

Not only is this shop keeping it's staff off of benifits, the man who also works there is always so helpful,polite cheerful he always makes time for a little bit of chit chat that you don't see in the likes of Pets at home so please stop knocking this shop it's so unjustified!!!

As for the low-life scum that stole these puppies I soo hope they find the other pups soon and hope they haven't already found their way over to a certain place or part of Abbey wood where they would be put either on a chain or stuck in a shed and waiting for them to mature so they can be used as money making baby machines......I know where I would prefere to buy my puppy from and it defently wouldn't be there!!

Oh and on a final note to the lady/man who says they bought a puppy from the shop with worms coming out of it's bottom-anybody with a teeny bit of knowledge of dogs should know buying a puppy would s KNOW its quite the norm for puppies to have worms, even if the puppy has been wormed, anyone buying a puppy surely must have the common sense to automatically give it a wormer when they buy it????

If the owner is reading this I really hope they find your other puppies and you will always find people who only have negitive things to say are prpberly jealous or lead very sad and lonely lives as they have nothing better to do than other having a pop at someone elses misfortunes!!

So just back off and leave this little shop alone unless you have something good to post on here! So there!
[quote][p][bold]derekhope[/bold] wrote: Looks like someone has been sold a pup then.[/p][/quote]I do wish people would stop making bad remarks and stupid silly jokes about the pet shop in Belvedere! There are so few smaller shops still flurishing and trading in this day because of on-line shopping and the huge shopping malls like bluewater, that we really shouldn't be running them down! I have shopped here for the last 5 yrs and have my dogs clipped at the outlet at the back of the shop and have had excellent service!! no, actually it's FANTASTIC service! Not only is this shop keeping it's staff off of benifits, the man who also works there is always so helpful,polite cheerful he always makes time for a little bit of chit chat that you don't see in the likes of Pets at home so please stop knocking this shop it's so unjustified!!! As for the low-life scum that stole these puppies I soo hope they find the other pups soon and hope they haven't already found their way over to a certain place or part of Abbey wood where they would be put either on a chain or stuck in a shed and waiting for them to mature so they can be used as money making baby machines......I know where I would prefere to buy my puppy from and it defently wouldn't be there!! Oh and on a final note to the lady/man who says they bought a puppy from the shop with worms coming out of it's bottom-anybody with a teeny bit of knowledge of dogs should know buying a puppy would s KNOW its quite the norm for puppies to have worms, even if the puppy has been wormed, anyone buying a puppy surely must have the common sense to automatically give it a wormer when they buy it???? If the owner is reading this I really hope they find your other puppies and you will always find people who only have negitive things to say are prpberly jealous or lead very sad and lonely lives as they have nothing better to do than other having a pop at someone elses misfortunes!! So just back off and leave this little shop alone unless you have something good to post on here! So there! missymoomoo12
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