COPS are investigating after nine dogs mysteriously vanished while out with a dog walker in Tamworth.
The pooches – including three pugs, a jug and a French bulldog – disappeared while being walked in the woods on Sunday.
Their distraught owners are now frantically appealing for information – with police probing claims the professional dog walker could be behind the riddle.
James Egan had left 18-month-old French bulldog Jack with the dog-sitter for the first time while on a weekend break with his wife Liz.
But when he was due to pick the dog up on Sunday, he was told there was a “loud bang” and the pooch had run off.
‘SOMETHING DIDN’T SIT RIGHT’
He told Birmingham Mail: “We were due to fetch Jack on Monday but on Sunday I had a phone call from the dog sitter to say he had been lost.
“The walker claimed they had been walking their own dog, along with ours, in Hopwas Woods. They said there had been a loud bang which spooked the dogs and they had run off.
“I was sympathetic at first as the walker was really upset but then something didn’t sit right.”
James did some digging and was horrified to discover eight other dogs had been “lost” in the same way at the same location by the same dog sitter.
‘I AM DEVASTATED’
One of the owners, Becky Parsons, claims her two beloved pooches Maggie and Pablo have vanished – and is now unable to get hold of the walker.
She said: “I have had the dogs since they were puppies. I am devastated, they are my world.
“I have had a lot of family bereavement recently and the dogs have been my comfort. I can’t explain how it feels.”
Eight-year-old Pablo is a black pug, while Maggie is aged six and a Jack Russell crossed with a pug.
Pugs Ralph and Charlie have also disappeared – with their desperate owner now appealing for urgent help on Facebook.
They wrote: “I am offering a reward for anyone who can get my boys back – no questions asked.
“Whoever has them, please do the right thing and in the meantime, please look after them.”
West Midlands Police have confirmed they are investigating and enquiries are “ongoing”.
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A spokesperson said: “West Midlands Police is aware a number of dogs have gone missing while under the care of a dog sitter based in the Birmingham area.
“Enquiries are ongoing to understand what has happened to the dogs and whether any criminal offences have taken place.
“Anyone with information can contact West Midlands Police via Live Chat at www.west-midlands.police.uk between 8am and midnight, or all 101 anytime.
“Please quote log number 1100 and 1106 of 26/06/19.”