The owner of a puppy stolen by axe and machete-wielding thugs has spoken out on the horror of a 'traumatic' late-night raid on her Glasgow home.
Carnage broke out at the flat hairdresser Caitlin Maley, 21, shares with her partner David Waters in Meiklerig Court in Pollok just before 10pm last night while she was out at work.
David, 20, had answered the doorbell of the couple's home at around 9.40pm thinking a takeaway order had arrived.
But three balaclava thugs stormed the property and threw him to the ground.
David was pinned to the floor by one crook, while another threatened to slash him and a third snatched their nine-week-old American Bulldog, Cairo.
David recalls how the men shouted 'Get on the floor!' over and over while one held a machete and axe to his head.
Partner Caitlin said her boyfriend was left feeling 'hopeless and terrified' as the dognappers made off with their tiny pup.
When she arrived home to find her partner shaken and devastated, the pair called police and desperately began a search for the beloved pet they only just bought after saving up for months.
Speaking to the Daily Record, distraught Caitlin said the couple have been left feeling 'empty' after the attack and are scared in their own home as she pleads for help to get Cairo back.
She said: "We would never have thought people could come into our house with an axe and machete, then steal our dog maybe harm it.
"It makes me sick.
"We just want Cairo back."
She is also warning other dog owners to be wary of what they share online about their pets and believes the attack may have been planned.
She said: "David thinks he heard people outside our house in the early hours of Wednesday morning, as if they knew we had Cairo.
"We have an Instagram page for him, so maybe people knew about him because of that."
"There are things in our living room that they could have easily taken, but they just grabbed Cairo and left.
"Dog thefts are happening all the time just now, it's so unsafe.
"But we could never have predicted this. Dog owners should make sure their houses and gardens are properly secure."
Cailtin and David are now offering a £3,000 reward for the safe return of Cairo.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to support the reward fund.
Police hunting the crooks and Cairo appealing to anyone with information to come forward.
Detective Constable Christopher Sneddon said: “Thankfully nobody has been injured as a result of this incident but the owner has been left evidently shaken.
“We are appealing to anyone who may have noticed three men acting suspicious in the area to come forward and speak to officers.
“If there is anyone who has possible CCTV or dashcam footage that could assist with our enquiries, please get in touch with police.
“I would also ask if anyone is approached about buying a puppy similar to this to get in contact with police.
“Police can be contacted on 101 quoting incident number 3960 on Wednesday, 14 April, 2021.”
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