FOUR STAFFORDSHIRE Bull Terrier puppies were stolen from the RSPCA Leybourne animal centre at West Malling, Kent on 18 May 2006.
Intruders broke through gates to get in and seize the nine-week-old puppies, one of which was due to go to a new home.
Staff at the centre discovered the break-in the following morning and are appealing for information to help try and find the puppies.
The youngsters were brought in with their mother when their owner died. Three other puppies from the litter were being kept in another part of the kennels and were not stolen.
The puppies, named Karl, Med, Sky and Tody are black and brindle coloured and are all microchipped so anyone trying to sell one could be caught immediately as soon as they are scanned.
Centre deputy manager Darren said: ‘We are devastated that these puppies have been stolen.
We are very concerned about the puppies as whoever has them now does not have animal welfare at heart and may not know how to look after them properly. One of the puppies is very nervous and could be suffering terribly at the moment.’
The family that were due to be taking home one of the puppies have been informed that their new adoptee has been stolen.
In April, A Staffordshire Bull Terrier named George was stolen from an animal rescue centre in Ince Blundell, near Liverpool.
As previously reported, Four-year-old George was taken by a man, who used a fake ID on Friday April 7th. The man, who was described as heavily tattooed, left a mobile phone and a set of keys that he claimed were his as security as he took George for a walk to ‘get to know him’.
He never returned, and fears are growing that the man, who gave a false address and name to staff at the Freshfields Animal Rescue centre, has taken the dog to be used in illegal dogfights.