Dorset

Two charged over puppies stolen from Dorset litter

Some of the eight puppies that were stolen
Image caption Four male and four female puppies were taken from the family's garden kennel

Two women have been charged after a litter of eight puppies were stolen from the back garden of a house in a village in Dorset.

The English springer spaniel puppies were taken from the home in Winterborne Whitechurch on 11 September. Four of them have since been recovered.

The women, aged 21 and 39, from Poole, were charged with handling stolen goods.

They were bailed to appear before Bournemouth magistrates on 5 January.

Police said of the four puppies that had been found, three had now been given new homes in Gloucestershire, Surrey and Dorset.

Two were found by a passer-by in a public area in Kinson, Bournemouth, and the other two were discovered following a tip-off.

They were six weeks old when they were taken and four puppies are still missing.

The owners have offered a £1,000 reward for the safe return of the whole litter, or £200 for each puppy.

The black and white and liver and white dogs all have individual markings and are docked.

Three men have also been arrested and bailed in connection with the theft.

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