Dog owner pleads for return of chihuahua stolen from Sainsbury's

Coco the chihuahua was stolen in Selhurst

Coco the chihuahua was stolen in Selhurst

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A desperate dog owner has pleaded for heartless thieves who stole her chihuahua from outside a supermarket to return her.

Janet Mighie, 53, tied up two-year-old chihuahua Coco outside Sainsbury's in Selhurst while she shopped, only to find her gone when she returned.

The mum-of-one, who had a heart attack last year and is frequently housebound with poor health, dotes on the puppy and relies on her for companionship.

CCTV footage of the theft, on Sunday January 5, shows a boy and a girl aged around 10 or 11, untying Coco and leading her away.

But police said the film is of too poor quality to identify the thieves.

Janet, of East Dulwich, fears the pedigree chihuahua has been sold.

She said: "She is my companion. She is so pretty and loving. She is just too friendly.

"I can hardly leave the house because I am not that well and she keeps me company. I just want her back, I miss her so much. She must be so scared.

"People don't know how they affect people's lives when they do things like this. It is all for money, isn't it?"

Janet's 16-year-old son, an animal lover training to be a vet, is also devastated by the theft.

She usually trims Coco's hair short but believes it could have been left to grow.

Anyone with information on the theft can contact the Metropolitan Police on 101 and asked for the Selhurst Safer Neighbourhood Team.

Do you know more about this story? Email chris.baynes@london.newsquest

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11:00pm Sat 18 Jan 14

LouiseReg says...

Just give the dog back, if the people were aged 10 or 11 somebody must know where the dog is. How would they feel if it was their pet, pretty upset to say the least. Have the parents not seen a dog anywhere, it seems everything has to be nailed down these days. What is the world coming to
Just give the dog back, if the people were aged 10 or 11 somebody must know where the dog is. How would they feel if it was their pet, pretty upset to say the least. Have the parents not seen a dog anywhere, it seems everything has to be nailed down these days. What is the world coming to LouiseReg
  • Score: 18

11:11pm Sat 18 Jan 14

LouiseReg says...

What do you have to do to get at least one thumbs up
What do you have to do to get at least one thumbs up LouiseReg
  • Score: -2

12:21pm Sun 19 Jan 14

Mr Strings says...

Likely a planned crime by someone who knew she had a pedigree?

I'm wondering, what's the point of CCTV outside a supermarket if it's not good enough to identify thieves?!...

As Louise said, the owner must be mortified and someone must know who did this. It's a heartless crime.
Likely a planned crime by someone who knew she had a pedigree? I'm wondering, what's the point of CCTV outside a supermarket if it's not good enough to identify thieves?!... As Louise said, the owner must be mortified and someone must know who did this. It's a heartless crime. Mr Strings
  • Score: 11

2:10pm Sun 19 Jan 14

motomoto says...

To be honest I think that the dog is long gone, these little yappers are highly sought after (for what reason I can't work out).
Was the dog chipped ?.......personally I wouldn't leave a dog tied up outside a shop for this very reason.......I hope the owner does get the dog back but to be realistic I think it's unlikely.
To be honest I think that the dog is long gone, these little yappers are highly sought after (for what reason I can't work out). Was the dog chipped ?.......personally I wouldn't leave a dog tied up outside a shop for this very reason.......I hope the owner does get the dog back but to be realistic I think it's unlikely. motomoto
  • Score: 8

1:25pm Mon 20 Jan 14

G_Whiz says...

This is Croydon! - You don't tie anything up anywhere these days.

Croydon has changed.

The liberals and the PC Brigade have won! - Crime now rules the streets!
This is Croydon! - You don't tie anything up anywhere these days. Croydon has changed. The liberals and the PC Brigade have won! - Crime now rules the streets! G_Whiz
  • Score: 13

1:15pm Wed 22 Jan 14

bodon prifiz says...

This is precisely why, YOU SHOULD NEVER LEAVE YOUR DOG UNNATTTENDED!! When will dog owners learn!!??
This is precisely why, YOU SHOULD NEVER LEAVE YOUR DOG UNNATTTENDED!! When will dog owners learn!!?? bodon prifiz
  • Score: 14

2:02pm Wed 22 Jan 14

debz chapman says...

im sorry you wouldnt leave a baby outside a supermarket so why your dog,100s are stolen each day from outside shops,gardens and cars,they are used for re-sale,breeding and more then often used as bait dogs to train dogs to kill...sorry its harsh but its true.
im sorry you wouldnt leave a baby outside a supermarket so why your dog,100s are stolen each day from outside shops,gardens and cars,they are used for re-sale,breeding and more then often used as bait dogs to train dogs to kill...sorry its harsh but its true. debz chapman
  • Score: 14

2:14pm Wed 22 Jan 14

renendbsl says...

Dog is either dead or been sold on for profit. The owner claims to dote on her but leaves her tied up to fed for herself on the street? Bet she wouldn't leave her purse on the floor outside a supermarket. It's Ur own bloody fault. Only victim is the dog
Dog is either dead or been sold on for profit. The owner claims to dote on her but leaves her tied up to fed for herself on the street? Bet she wouldn't leave her purse on the floor outside a supermarket. It's Ur own bloody fault. Only victim is the dog renendbsl
  • Score: 11

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