This is the terrifying moment dognappers brazenly stole two black Labradors outside a Mark & Spencer's store leaving their owners heartbroken.
Charlotte and Dale Robson have made a desperate appeal for the return of their pets, Denzel and Welly, after the incident in Cheshire town centre on Saturday (March 27).
CCTV on the high street captures the dog thieves running down Market Street with the two dogs.
One man, wearing a dark jacket and jeans, is seen carrying a dark-coloured bag while the other, dressed in a dark top and light-coloured jogging pants, takes the leashes and drags the dogs along as they head towards Queens Drive.
The surveillance footage has been shared on social media in the hopes of catching the pair, according Stoke on Trent Live.
Dale said: "They are both castrated and will not be able to be used as breeding dogs. They are family dogs and belong here with their family.
"They are eight and and seven-and-a-half-years old. We are devastated and we have two daughters that are going to be heartbroken.
"We just want them back – no questions will be asked."
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He asked the public to keep an ear out for excessive barking as Denzel "will be barking if he is somewhere he doesn't want to be".
They have set up a dedicated Facebook page to help with the search and neighbours have been helping with checking CCTVs.
Nantwich Police were alerted of the incident and they are now hunting the men involved.
PC Matt Stonier said: "At 6.12pm on March 27, Cheshire police were contacted by staff from M&S, in Beam Street, Nantwich, reporting that two dogs had been stolen from outside the store.
"Officers immediately commenced an extensive search of the area as well as checking the town’s extensive CCTV network.
"These inquiries are continuing and we thank the public’s support after many have contacted with information and shared various appeals online.
“Targeting dog thefts is a Cheshire Police priority and we are doing all we can to reduce offences and highlight the rising reports nationally."
Anyone with information is asked to call 101 quoting reference 21000195850.
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