Dog thieves caught on CCTV snatching beloved pet from owner’s back garden

Three men were spotted brazenly stealing a pet dog from a family’s garden in the middle of the day.

Chloe Jade and her family are appealing for help after her son’s French Bulldog was snatched at about 12.30pm today.

In CCTV footage of the theft, three figures can be seen approaching her Exeter home, Devon Live reported.

They walk slowly up to the property and two of the men go out of view, leaving the third on the pavement.

Roughly a minute later the other two reappear, with one holding what appears to be a dog in his arms.

They run away and out of sight, reportedly to a red vehicle.

Now Chloe is appealing for help to have Maggie, a 20-month-old French bulldog, returned to her.

In a post shared by more than a thousand people on social media, the pet’s owner, Chloe wrote: “Stolen dog!!! Three lads jumped my fence in Hornbeam Gardens today and stole my son’s French bulldog.

“We have only just moved here from Birmingham so she must have been being watched.

“Please help. Her name is Maggie. She’s 18 months old stolen today at 12.30pm today out of my garden. We have CCTV just waiting for police.

“Also, cameras in Spar have been checked as they were seen driving away in a red car.”

She said that her neighbours had spotted the three men acting suspiciously in a nearby alleyway.