Appeal after dog-owners become victims of fraud (Stoke Gifford)

Police are appealing for witnesses and information after a woman was deceived by an offender claiming to have her missing dog.

The victim was walking in Church Lane, Hambrook on Wednesday 13th January 2010 at around 5pm. This was the last time the dog was seen.

The owner has since put up posters offering a reward and has made numerous enquiries to try and find the animal.

On Wednesday 20th January 2010 the victim received a phone call from a man who said he had the dog. Her husband arranged to meet this man at Curtis Lane, Stoke Gifford.

The man said to put the money in a bag and leave it at a gate and that the dog would be returned if they drove up the road afterwards. They followed the instructions and the money was taken but the dog was not left.

The female dog, called Millie is a Petite Basset Griffon Vendeen.

Anyone with any information on this incident or the whereabouts of the dog is asked to contact police in Staple Hill on 0845 456 7000 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Police would urge anyone who receives a call from someone claiming to have their pet to report it at their local station.

Source: Avon and Somerset Police