Police are appealing for help to find a Border Terrier called Arthur who was stolen from Castle Acre at the weekend.
He was taken from the Stocks Green area in the High Street sometime between 9.50am and 10am on Sunday (29 November).
His owner Luke Palmer was in the driveway of his home in Castle Acre, ready for a day trip to Hunstanton to buy a dog booster seat so Arthur could see out of the window on car journeys, when Arthur saw a cat and bolted out of the driveway.
Mr Palmer raced out of the driveway after his dog but Arthur had disappeared.
Officers now believe suspect/s stole Arthur from the Stocks Green area.
Mr Palmer said: “Arthur was bought as a Christmas present for my teenager daughter a few years’ ago. He’s a dear little dog and this has hit all of us hard.
“My house is very empty now; he used to sleep in his bed next to me and I could hear him snoring. Now the house is very quiet. I really do miss him, he’s like family. I keep playing what happened over and over in my mind.”
Arthur is two-and-a-half-years-old and is microchipped.
PC Jamie Willetts said: “This has been an upsetting ordeal for the victims who are going through the distress of having a loved family pet taken from them. Although, in law, our pets are classed as property, they are so much more than this: they’re an integral part of our families.
“This type of theft will understandably cause concern in the local community and I want to reassure people that reported thefts of dogs in Norfolk are low. We take the thefts of pets seriously, and ask dog owners to ensure their premises are secure and pets are supervised.
“If anyone has any information about the whereabouts of Arthur or witnessed the theft, and have yet to speak to us, please get in touch with us so we can try to reunite Arthur with his family who miss him terribly.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact PC Jamie Willetts at Norfolk Police by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or telephoning 101 quoting crime reference 36/84622/20. Alternatively, they can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.