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Owner makes appeal after puppy 'stolen at knifepoint'

Owner makes appeal after puppy 'stolen at knifepoint'

Published by Emma Carton at 9:13am 24th December 2019. (Updated at 10:12am 8th February 2020)

The terrified owner of a puppy, apparently stolen at knifepoint in Cornwall, has made a desperate appeal for clues.

Six-month-old Waffle was snatched just ahead of a morning walk in St Austell.

Catherine Hussain believes the man who took the labradoodle pulled out a blade.

Speaking to ITV News Westcountry after the ordeal on Monday, she said the family just wants him home for Christmas.

"Wherever he is, whatever you do with him, just let him go"

Stolen Puppy Waffle
The owner of a puppy stolen in Cornwall has made a desperate appeal for clues. Photo: Ayesha Louise

"I froze at that moment and I backed up against the wall. And I still don't know, because I can't remember, if I handed the dog to him or if he snatched him.

"I didn't know what he was capable of doing. I didn't know if he was going to assault me.

"I don't understand the mentality of some people, I'm sorry I don't.

"He's not a Christmas present for anybody for you - because that's all I can put my head round.

"Has he done it because he can't afford something and he's spotted my dog? I don't know".

Owner Catherine Hussain

Stolen Puppy Waffle
Waffle the six-month-old labradoodle was snatched in St Austell ahead of a morning walk. Photo: Ayesha Louise


The appeal to find Waffle, first issued on Monday morning, has gone viral with posts on social media getting thousands of shares.

Pirate FM has spoken to Catherine's daughter Ayesha, who described their ordeal as "awful".

"It really was. Me mam is really shaken up.

"We just want our baby home".

Ayesha added: "I can't thank everyone's love and support enough".

Ayesha Louise

Stolen Puppy Waffle
Waffle's owner, Catherine Hussain, believed the man who took her pet pulled out a knife. Photo: Ayesha Louise


Waffle was taken in the Belmont Road areas of St Austell at around 7am on Monday morning.

The suspect is described as being around 5ft 8in tall, was wearing a black, hooded top and scarf and spoke with a foreign accent.

Officers have been checking local CCTV and making enquiries into the theft of Waffle. 

"The family of Waffle are very distraught and upset at the callous theft of their pet dog.  

"Myself and all of the officers at the police station dealing with this crime also feel very sad for the family over what is a cruel and mean-spirited crime, especially during the Christmas period.  

"I am sure that someone, somewhere knows of a friend, relative or neighbour that has suddenly come into possession of a dog that may be Waffle. 

"Please contact us if you have any suspicions, as Waffle should be with his real family this Christmas".

Police Sergeant Steve White

Stolen Puppy Waffle
The appeal to find Waffle has gone viral, with thousands of shares on social media. Photo: Ayehsa Louise


Anyone with information is urged to call police on 101, or email 101@dc.police.uk, quoting log number 0116 231219.

Information can also be passed anonymously to independent charity Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555111, or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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