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Dog owner appeals for return of his beloved pedigree pooch after she was stolen on Christmas Eve

Anthony Taylor was sleeping at home when his dog, a presa canario Troya, was snatched from her kennel behind the house

A dog owner has appealed for the return of his rare breed pedigree

pooch after claiming she was drugged and stolen on Christmas Eve.

Anthony Taylor was sleeping at home when his dog, a presa canario Troya, was snatched from her kennel behind the house.

Anthony, from Cherry Tree in Romiley, Stockport, says two-year-old Troya – who weighs 50kg and was bought as a guard dog – must have been drugged before being taken due to her size.

And he also cites strange paint markings which appeared on his neighbour’s house as more evidence that ‘well-prepared’ thieves must be behind her disappearance.

Anthony spent all his Christmas desperately searching for Troya, who cost £1,500 and has distinctive black and white markings all over her body, and has now reported the theft to police who are investigating.

The plasterer, 34, said: “It was a massive shock to find that she had been taken. She was bought as a guard dog and barks at anything but when she was taken I didn’t hear anything.

Troya
Pedigree: Troya was taken from her home

“Someone that lives in the flats behind my house said they heard some whimpering at around 2am on Christmas Eve morning. I think she was drugged – and she’s a big dog so I think there must have been more than one person involved to move her.

“At around the same time she disappeared some strange paint marks also appeared on the side of my neighbour’s house. It was white paint which looked like it has been brushed on which I think was left by the thieves as a way of marking where Troya was.”

Troya
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Loved: Troya’s owners want her back

Despite sending posters appealing for the return of Troya across the country and her unusual markings, Anthony says he is no closer to knowing where she could be.

He said: “She is very very unusual – you don’t really see any presa canarios in the UK. And so I am hoping that whoever took her will soon realise that she is too ‘hot’ to have as she is so recognisable and will bring her back.

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“I am also offering a £1,000 reward for anyone who can help to return her or who has information which leads to her safe return.”

If you know where Troya is, or have information which could lead to her return, call Anthony on 07710 512943.

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