Owner pays £500 ransom to get dogs back

Victoria Black reunited with her beloved dogs after paying a ransom to have them returned. Picture: Michael Gillen
Victoria Black reunited with her beloved dogs after paying a ransom to have them returned. Picture: Michael Gillen

Three Chihuahuas stolen from a house in Hallglen four days ago are now back home safe and well after their owner paid a £500 ransom.

Distraught dog owner Victoria Black (43) returned home from a night out on Saturday to find her house in Garry Place had been broken into and her beloved Chihuahuas, Prince, Princess and Coco, stolen.

Victoria, who had posted notices about the theft on Facebook, offered £500 for any information leading to the safe return of the dogs.

Four days on from the theft and she began to fear she would never see her three “babies” again, but then she received an early morning call yesterday (Wednesday) from the dog nappers themselves.

She said: “I always hoped they were alright but there was a doubt there. It was 2am when I got the call. They said, ‘Are you the person that has offered the reward for the dogs?’ and asked me to leave the £500 at a designated area, come back later and pick up the dogs.

“The dogs mean more to me than the money, I’m just glad to get them back.”

Police investigating the break-in are still on the hunt for the dog nappers.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Police in Forth Valley confirm the three Chihuahua dogs stolen during a break-in on Saturday, December 12 are now back home. The dogs were recovered safe and well in the Hallglen area in the early hours of Wednesday.”

The Chihuahuas are now back in Victoria’s arms, recovering from their ordeal.

Victoria said: “You always imagine the worst – you don’t know how they are being treated or what has happened to them. So to see them again was just pure relief. It was like an early Christmas present. I think all the publicity might have made the dogs too hot to handle for the people that took them.

“I just want to thank everyone out there for their support. Words can’t describe how happy I am to have them back.”

Anyone with information on the incident is urged to contact Police Scotland.