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Police rescue French bulldog hours after he was grabbed before reuniting him with his owner

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Moment when police rescue a French bulldog hours after he was snatched during a break-in – before reuniting him with his delighted owner

  • Bodycam footage shows French bulldog Moxley being rescued by police
  • The dog was discovered shaking in a garden in Kings Norton, Birmingham
  • Footage shows a cop holding the puppy and challenging the householder
  • Owner Gabriel Foley was overjoyed to be reunited with his pet so quickly










This is when police found a terrified puppy huddled in a yard hours after being snatched by dognappers.

Police bodycam footage shows French bulldog Moxley being rescued from Kings Norton, Birmingham, before being reunited with his delighted owner.

The footage shows a cop holding the four-month-old dog and challenging the householder.

After entering the house in Kings Norton, Birmingham, to retrieve the stolen puppy, the officers’ first thought was to identify Moxley and return him to his owner. In the photo Sergeant Sharon Brain

You hear a cop say to the female homeowner, “We think this dog was stolen in a break-in, a break-in last night, now he’s in your house.

“So what you told me before half an hour ago is that someone delivered this dog to your address.”

The woman, who was later warned about handling stolen goods, replies, “That’s the truth.”

Officers found the puppy hours after he went missing in a home with a woman who denied knowing Moxley was stolen

Officers found the puppy hours after he went missing in a home with a woman who denied knowing Moxley was stolen

Heartwarming footage then shows the police with Moxley and his rightful owner Gabriel Foley, who were delighted to have his faithful friend back home.

Mr Foley said: ‘He’s all right now, but he doesn’t like being left alone. He used to sleep downstairs but now he has to go to the bedroom. But I think he has recovered.

“I was dealing with some distraught people, including myself, so it was really good to get him back, and so quickly.”

The police team behind the rescue, which took place in January, won the Neighborhood Excellence award at a West Midlands Police ceremony last week.

For the past 18 months, officers from the Kings Norton team have also targeted perpetrators of a zip code gang linked to drug trafficking and violence.

The team consists of PC Bethany Friend who was pictured hugging Moxley after his rescue and returning home.

Sergeant Sharon Brain said, “It’s one of those beautiful moments that you go to work for the police force: the family was devastated to see the break-in and lose their beloved dog, but a few hours later we had him back.

Gabriel and PC Bethany Friend, who was involved in the rescue, adored Moxley after he got home

His owner said that Moxley was shocked by the incident, but that he came back to himself

Moxley’s owner Gabriel Foley and two of the police officers involved in the rescue make a fuss about the puppy after he got home

Mr Foley said Moxley was fine but didn't like being left alone after the dognapping

Mr Foley said Moxley was fine but didn’t like being left alone after the dognapping

“Based on police intelligence and our own experience, we looked up a few addresses looking for Moxley and found him in a backyard.

“A woman claimed that someone had dropped off the dog just 30 minutes earlier, which seemed very suspicious.

“Poor Moxley was shaking. He clearly missed home. So I immediately returned him to his rightful owners who were of course very happy.’

PC Bethany Friend hugs French Bulldog puppy after his safe return home

PC Bethany Friend hugs French Bulldog puppy after his safe return home

Dognappings were a persistent problem for police during the pandemic as working from home fueled the demand for dogs.

Interior Secretary Priti Patel pledged to tackle the wave of pet theft earlier this year.

Criminals who steal pets are currently being prosecuted under property theft laws, but activists have demanded the introduction of separate legislation for the crime with tougher penalties.

According to a report by the Animal Theft Task Force, 1,504 dog theft violations were reported to police in England and Wales in 2020 – at a time when the lockdown led to a sharp drop in burglaries and muggings.

In March, DogLost, a charity that helps animal owners, said the crime rate has risen 170 percent, from 172 pets reported stolen in 2019 to 465 in 2020.

The task force report also cites evidence from Pets4Home that the average price paid for a puppy rose from £810 in 2019 to £1,875 last year.

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