Thu. Aug 18th, 2022

Moments after police rescue a kidnapped French bulldog hours after he was snatched during a burglary – before reuniting him with his happy owner

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


This is the moment police found a terrified puppy cowering in a garden hours after it was snatched by dog ​​handlers.

Officers’ bodycam footage shows French bulldog Moxley being rescued from the address in Kings Norton, Birmingham, before reuniting him with his happy owner.

The footage shows an officer holding the four-month-old dog and challenging the homemaker.

After entering the house in Kings Norton, Birmingham, to pick up the stolen puppy, the officers' first thought was to identify Moxley and get him back to his owner.  Pictured Sergeant Sharon Brain

After entering the house in Kings Norton, Birmingham, to pick up the stolen puppy, the officers’ first thought was to identify Moxley and get him back to his owner. Pictured Sergeant Sharon Brain

An officer can be heard saying to the female homeowner: ‘We believe this dog was stolen by burglary, a burglary last night, Now it’s in your house.

‘So what you told me earlier half an hour ago is that someone delivered this dog to your address.’

The woman, who was later warned of having handled stolen goods, replies: ‘That’s the truth.’

Officers found the puppy hours after he disappeared into a house with a woman who refused to know that Moxley had been stolen

Officers found the puppy hours after he disappeared into a house with a woman who refused to know that Moxley had been stolen

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

Foley said: ‘He’s fine now but does not like being left alone. Before he used to sleep downstairs, but now he has to be in the bedroom. But I think he’s recovered.

‘I was dealing with a number of desperate people, including myself, so it was really good to get him back and so quickly too.’

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

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

The team includes PC Bethany Friend, who was pictured and hugged Moxley after his rescue and homecoming.

Sergeant Sharon Brain said: ‘It’s one of those wonderful moments you go to the police for: the family was devastated to be broken into and lost their beloved pet dog, but a few hours later we had him back.

Gabriel and PC Bethany Friend, who was involved in the rescue, dotted on Moxley after his return

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

Moxley’s owner Gabriel Foley and two of the police officers involved in the rescue are making trouble with the puppy after he was returned home.

Foley said Moxley was fine but did not like being left alone after the kidnapping

Foley said Moxley was fine but did not like being left alone after the kidnapping

‘From the police intelligence service and our own experience, we checked a few addresses looking for Moxley and found him in a backyard.

‘A woman who claimed that someone had handed over the dog just 30 minutes earlier, which seemed very suspicious.

‘Poor Moxley shook. He was obviously missing home. So I took him right back to his rightful owners, who were obviously very happy.

PC Bethany Friend puts the French Bulldog puppy after his safe return

PC Bethany Friend puts the French Bulldog puppy after his safe return

Dog snatching has been a persistent problem for police during the pandemic, as homework fueled the demand for dogs.

Interior Minister Priti Patel promised to tighten down the river of theft of thefts earlier this year.

Criminals who steal pets are currently being prosecuted under property theft laws, but the campaigns have called for the introduction of separate criminal law with more severe penalties.

According to a report by the Working Party on Pet Theft, 1,504 dog theft offenses were reported to police forces across England and Wales by 2020 – at a time when lockdown led to a sharp drop in burglaries and assaults.

In March, DogLost, a charity that helps owners whose animals are taken, said it had recorded a 170 percent increase in crime, rising from 172 pets reported stolen in 2019 to 465 in 2020.

The Taskforce 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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