Ellis, 6, devastated after thieves grab Peaches the pug

Ellis, 6, devastated after thieves grab Peaches the pug

THIEVES were filmed in the act of stealing a puppy belonging to a six-year-old Batley boy badly hurt as a baby.

Two hooded men took Peaches, a seven-month-old black pug, from a home on The Grove between 1.20pm and 1.30pm.

The dog belongs to Ellis Barrett, who suffered horrific burns when he was scalded with hot water.

Brave Ellis has spent the last four years undergoing surgery after contracting septicaemia.

He was released from hospital following the latest treatment in February, which is when mum Lucy Swift surprised him with Peaches.

Lucy, 29, worked extra shifts as a carer for the elderly to save enough money to buy the puppy.

Peaches was not microchipped as vets told Lucy she was too small at that stage for the procedure.

Lucy said: "Ellis and Peaches are like best friends. He's devastated she's gone  and all we want to do is find her."

Peaches had been let out into the garden of their home just minutes before the thieves struck.

They were recorded in the act on a neighbour's CCTV chasing Peaches from the garden and around a parked car before scooping her up.

Both suspects are in their early 20s. One had a dark sweatshirt and woolly hat while the other had a dark hoody.

PC Nick O'Melia said: "Enquiries are ongoing with regard to this theft. Peaches is much missed by her owners.

Anyone with information can call PC O'Melia at the Batley and Spen NPT on 101 or call CrimeStoppers on 0800 555 111.

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