Dognapped pup stolen by thugs with machetes found ditched on roadside

A pup stolen by masked thugs with machetes has been reunited with its owners after being dumped on the side of a road.

Nine-week-old American Bulldog Cairo has found by his relieved owners after three robbers wearing balaclavas broke into their home in Pollok, Glasgow on Wednesday night.

Caitlin Maley, 21, and David Waters started a fundraising page to bring the dog home after the couple were burgled at around 10pm on Wednesday night.

David, 20, answered the doorbell around 9.40pm believing their takeaway order had arrived.

But he was confronted by three machete-wielding thugs who broke into the couple's home and pushed him to the ground.

According to the Daily Record, David was pinned to the floor by one thug, while another threatened to slash him and a third snatched Cairo.

Caitlin said yesterday her partner was feeling “hopeless and terrified” following the terrifying dognapping incident.

Nobody was hurt in the break-in but the couple offered a £2,000 reward for the designer pup who was bought just two weeks ago.

There has been a spate of designer dog thefts during lockdown but none of which have been as violent and likened by police to an armed robbery.

Figures released this month reveal around 2,438 dogs were reported stolen last year, up 19% from 2019.

Sadly, only 22% of the dogs taken were reunited with their owners.

Cairo was discovered in the east end of the city in an area called Shettleston.

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The couple is relieved to have him back with them at their home after their terrifying ordeal.

Taking to social media on Friday, she told concerned family and friends of Cairo's safe return.

She wrote: “Thank you everyone who shared and helped us get our boy back.”

Experts fear the increased numbers of dog ownership and soaring prices for pups during the pandemic surged the increasing crime of thefts.

Pet owners are being warned to be extra vigilant and keep microchip details up to date, as many begin to return to pre-lockdown life with travel and work.

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