"I JUST want my dog back," says the owner of stolen Parsons Russell cross Perdy.

Dorset Police say the theft happened at around 4.40pm on (Wednesday, November 11) and that the dog’s owner was working in the area while the Parsons Russell crossed with a Jack Russell was in an unlocked van, which was parked on Coronation Road.

Perdy's owner Gavin Hastings has been out handing out leaflets and trying to get the word out about the theft in a bid to find his beloved pet.

"I am quite upset actually," said Gavin. "She is extremely important to me."

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Perdy who is a Parsons Russell crossed with a Jack Russell often comes to work with Gavin and his boss.

Police say that it is reported that two people were seen on CCTV to pull up in a car and have a look around the van, before one of them opened the van door and took Perdy the dog.

"It's been quite hard for everyone," added Gavin who says it would be a "massive weight off" his mind to find her.

"I'm just carrying on with my life but there is a big hole because my dog's gone. I'm gutted. I don't know whether to think she is dead or have to live with the hope that one day I will get her back.

"I just want my dog back."

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He describes Perdy as a "softy" and says it is "very quiet" without her.

Gavin is calling on people to keep an eye out for her.

Police Community Support Investigator Steve Willis, of East Dorset police, said: “The owner of Perdy is desperate to be reunited with her and we are carrying out a number of enquiries in a bid to locate her.

“I am appealing to anyone who may have seen Perdy, or has information about her whereabouts, to please get in touch.

“I would also urge any motorists who were travelling along Coronation Road around the relevant time and may have captured any dashcam footage to assist my enquiries to please contact Dorset Police.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at dorset.police.uk, via email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55200170334. Alternatively, to stay 100 per cent anonymous, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers online at Crimestoppers-uk.org or call Freephone 0800 555 111.