Cheshire news Mum claims she's had a £1,000 ransom demand for missing dog's return MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - Casper went missing near St Mary's Church in Whitegate, near Winsford

Cheshire news Mum claims she's had a £1,000 ransom demand for missing dog's return MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - Casper went missing near St Mary's Church in Whitegate, near Winsford

Cheshire news  Mum claims she's had a £1,000 ransom demand for missing dog's return MetiNews.Com
09 April 2021 - 04:01

Breaking News ! A Cheshire dog-owner has expressed hurt and devastation after her dog went missing last weekend and she received calls from people claiming to have her beloved pooch who demanded £1000 for its safe return. Rescue dog Casper, a white and brown Shih Tzu, went missing last Friday (April 2) near St Mary's Church in Whitegate near Winsford. Fifty-year-old owner Jane Hough was having a socially distanced birthday celebration with friends in her garden when she received the devastating news that Casper was missing. Jane said: "My son Joseph was walking Casper along with our two other dogs Izzy and Ben near St Mary's Church in Whitegate on Friday afternoon. "While attempting to put a lead on Casper, he bolted, he is an ex-rescue dog so can be quite anxious and timid. "He headed towards Winsford on Grange Lane and has not been seen since." Jane, along with her husband Richard and son Joseph, immediately sprang into action to try and find Casper. The family have employed the use of drones and thermal imaging cameras, and have engaged the services of a professional dog catcher. They have also taken to social media, to try and spread the word in case someone 'might have taken Casper in'. A day later (April 3), Jane said she received a phone call from an unknown man who claimed to be in possession of Casper and demanded £1,000 for his safe return. Jane described the situation: "It was not very pretty what was said - it is classed as blackmail and we have been asked for £1,000 for the return of Casper but these people can not prove to me that they have him. "When you lose something like that - a member of your family, it is completely devastating, I've never experienced pain like this.

. "I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy. "I just wanted to thank the whole community for all their help, the response has been overwhelming and phenomenal." A spokesperson for Cheshire police said: "At 10pm on Saturday, April 3, a Winsford resident reported a suspicious call they had received in relation to their missing dog. "The dog, a white and light brown Shih Tzu, was out with the owner’s son in Whitegate at around 6.50pm on Friday 2 April when it ran off and failed to return. "Following the incident the woman uploaded images of the Shih Tzu, along with their contact details, onto a number of social media sites and a website relating to missing dogs. "The woman subsequently received a call from a man claiming to have the dog and demanding £1,000 for its safe return. "Enquiries in relation to the incident are ongoing to identify the caller. "However, at this stage, there is no evidence to suggest that the man has the dog and officers believe that it may be a hoax call. "Anyone who believes that they may have found the missing dog is urged to contact the Cheshire West and Chester dog wardens on 0300 123 7038 or contact Cheshire police quoting IML number 955213." Top stories from the CheshireLive newsletter Here are the latest stories from the CheshireLive newsletter Cheshire lake saved from destruction by community M6 and A556 to close as work on new junction 19 bridge continues Four-year-old Cheshire stroke survivor completes marathon Covid survivors could be left with permanent lung damage, fears health campaigner Want to sign up to receive these stories straight to your inbox? It's free and means you'll never miss the most important Cheshire news of the day You can sign up here Not signed up but want to try it out? You can read a preview of today's newsletter here

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Cheshire news Mum claims she's had a £1,000 ransom demand for missing dog's return MetiNews.Com


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