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Dogs stolen for jackadoodle trade

Jackadoodle, Jess, from Perth
Jackadoodles are a cross breed between a Jack Russell and a poodle

Police have said two dogs missing from a kennel in Fife may have been stolen to order.

The Jack Russells are thought to have been taken to cross breed with poodles for the jackadoodle trade.

Six-year-old, Willow, and her three-year-old daughter, Shock, disappeared from their kennel behind Kirkcaldy garage Cruden Motors on Monday.

The dogs' owner, Alex Cruden, works at the garage. A friend was looking after his dogs while he was in England.

Mr Cruden said: "I am absolutely gutted. I have kennelled dogs at the garage for 17 years and never had any trouble before.

"This was the first time I had bred a dog to keep the line going and that makes losing the two of them even harder."

There is no question that they would have escaped because Willow in particular is a quiet dog and would not have left the yard
Alex Cruden
Owner of Willow and Shock

He said he feared the dogs could have been stolen to order and had heard of a recent similar incident in the Perth area.

"There is no question that they would have escaped because Willow in particular is a quiet dog and would not have left the yard."

Willow is a very small and naturally-thin, white and tan dog while Shock is almost all white with a tan patch on her neck.

Insp Stevie Hamilton, Fife Constabulary, urged anyone who could help find the dogs to contact the police.

He said: "This has caused considerable upset to Mr Cruden and his family and we want to make sure we can return the dogs to him as quickly as possible."



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