Published: 13:37, 27 April 2021
| Updated: 16:24, 27 April 2021
Two beloved dogs have been stolen from their home in an early morning break-in.
The cocker spaniels were taken from a garden in the village of Badlesmere, near Faversham, between midnight on Friday and about 1.15am on Saturday.
Two men entered the back garden and cut a padlock on a kennel - where retired working dogs Milly, 11, and Lucy, 13, had been sleeping - before leaving the scene with the dogs in a vehicle.
Owner Shayne, who did not wish to give his surname, revealed this is the second time Milly has been stolen.
"Milly was actually stolen 10 years ago as a puppy," he said. "But she was recovered.
"She fell into the hands of somebody in Hastings who thought the sale of her was suspicious. They found our advert for her on DogLost and they returned her to us."
On Friday, CCTV footage at the family's home in Fisher Street Road captured two men breaking into the dogs' kennel.
The footage, which is being examined by the police, also shows a car parking outside the house before making off.
"The cost of dogs and puppies at the moment is astronomically high," said Shayne, 40.
"These dog have always been stolen, even 10 years ago when they were only £500.
"Now they're worth £2,000, there is a big market. They're very valuable and people are stealing them to breed them.
"You hear horror stories of people stealing them to bait dogs with, but we don't want to think our dogs have ended up in that situation.
"We're a bit worried that they might be dumped because they're too old to breed with, and they might end up at a rescue somewhere."
He urges people to keep a look out for Milly and Lucy, who have distinctive markings.
"They're definitely missed," he added. "They're a part of the family. The kids absolutely love them."
Police are investigating the incident, and are urging anyone with information regarding the burglary to come forward.
Anybody with information that may assist the investigation is asked to call Kent Police on 01622 604100, quoting reference 46/68566/21.
You can also call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or complete the online form on their website.