Police are hunting a thief who stole a woman’s pet dog while she was having a heart attack in the street.
Kat Conway, 50, was walking her Shih Poo, Jessie, on Euston Road, central London, on Monday afternoon when she suddenly collapsed on the pavement.
Paramedics were called and the crew rushed Ms Conway to hospital but told her they were unable to take the six-year-old dog in the back of the ambulance with them.
Ms Conway said she saw a man with blonde curly hair when she had the heart attack who initially came to offer her help.
However, while she was being attended to, Ms Conway says the same man took six-year-old Jessie away with him.
Ms Conway, who has since been discharged from hospital and is back at her home in Paisley, near Glasgow, Scotland, said: “I’m really worried about her. She’s always with me and is my shadow.
“This is breaking my heart and all I want is her back home so I can cuddle her.”
Jessie’s front legs are bowed and she is neutered and chipped, with the details registered correctly to Ms Conway.
She was wearing a matching collar, harness and leash with a pink and white tartan pattern.
An online appeal has been launched on Facebook called Find Wee Jessie.
It reads: “We believe the blonde-haired man has her dog.
“But as yet he does not have seemed to have contacted the police or dog warden to report that he has the dog.
“We are looking for any hotel staff or passers by who witness what happened.”
A Met Police spokesperson said: “Police are investigating an allegation of theft after a dog was reportedly stolen in Euston Road, NW1, on the afternoon of Monday, 6 June.
“Officers have taken a statement from the informant and enquiries are ongoing.”