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Family left baffled by dog-napping

A family said they have been left baffled and upset by the theft of their Yorkshire terrier dog, which was bundled into a car by a motorist outside their country home.

The Wilson family said the woman had apparently complained she had nearly run over seven-year-old Wookie on a country road in Farndale, on the North York Moors.

Mr and Mrs Wilson claimed the driver was abusive to the 14-year-old son of a local estate owner as he was about to put the dog in a kennel. The woman approached him and then left with Wookie in her car.

Mrs Wilson, 29, told the Gazette & Herald newspaper how she and her husband were not at home at the time and that the woman had approached the teenager while he was painting a fence.

He was apparently so stunned he did not get a registration number but did say that he saw an Alsatian dog in the car.

She said the theft has been particularly hard on her two children, Ross, 11, and two-year-old Katie, who have been crying themselves to sleep.

She told the paper: "We are convinced it isn't anyone local who has taken Wookie because so many people know him.

"We do try to keep him in the garden area but he has been known to go down to the Feversham Arms which is about a mile away.

"He is so friendly; a lovely little character."

Mrs Wilson said the woman involved was 20-30 years old with blonde hair and was driving a small red car.

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