A Blackpool woman says she is doing everything in her power to make sure that scammers who reportedly stole of one her puppies don't sell on her 'baby'.

Tracey Wallis, 29, has a French bulldog named Bella who gave birth to a litter of four puppies.

The mum-of-two said she is not in the business of selling puppies however she wanted companion for Bella and now the rest of the litter are of age she advertised them for sale on Gumtree.

She claims that a man who said he is from Birmingham contacted her on Friday (May 14) and said he had visited a house nearby in Blackpool. However he added that he felt his journey had been wasted as another advert he'd responded to didn't have the puppy as advertised.

The man visited around 2pm and Tracey says he claimed he wanted a female puppy for his children and picked one before saying he will pay via a banking app.

Mum 'Bella' with her remaining pups
Mum 'Bella' with her remaining pups

He picked up his chosen puppy in one arm and the dog's document's in the othe. Before leaving Tracey said she would check if the money had gone through.

It hadn't and the man said to ring her in a few hours if it hadn't gone in.

Feeling uneasy, Tracey claims she was unsure of what to do as her 11-year-old son was home and the dog was already in the man's arms.

She told LancsLive: "I couldn't help but feel that I'd been had but what else could I do? There was a man in my home with my 11-year-old son home off school poorly and this man already had the dog in his arms. He could have had a knife or anything.

"If I'd have been alone I might have thought to try and grab the dog back but I wouldn't take the chance with Justin being home.

"Luckily I thought quickly and I had a spare bag of dog food. I offered to carry it out to his car as he had his hands full.

"His car was parked ages away around a bend and when we got there there was another male in the passenger seat, which was very suspicious. I got my son to quickly to take a picture and reported the registration to the police."

The Skoda Octavia with Irish registration plates allegedly involved in the stealing of a pup from Blackpool
The Skoda Octavia with Irish registration plates allegedly involved in the stealing of a pup from Blackpool

The car was a Skoda Octavia with Irish registration plates.

Tracey had reason to believe that the men may have docked from Ireland at ferry ports in Liverpool and Merseyside police believe they have spotted the car at 6:55pm on Friday in Warrington.

A Facebook post created by Tracey has been shared thousands of time and she has managed to make a contact with a woman from Stoke on Trent who has had her French Bulldog puppy stolen in the same manner by a group of men.

The pair recognised that the phone number used by the man to contact them both is in fact the same number.

Tracey added: "They're absolutely vile for doing this and my son and daughter are both distraught at what's happened. He let my son take a picture of the dog just before he stole her.

"We believe he's picked a female French bulldog to breed.

"My post has been shared all across Ireland and the UK and they will not get away with this as we are determined to get our baby back home."

LancsLive has contacted Lancashire and Merseyside police for comment.

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