Burglars steal Tonge Moor family's pet dog

The Bolton News: Coby at home Coby at home

BURGLARS broke into a house in Tonge Moor and made off with more than £1,000 of electrical items — and the family dog.

Gemma Moore, aged 23, returned home to her house in Tintern Avenue on Tuesday afternoon to find that thieves had used a rock to smash a glass panel in her door.

They stole electrical goods including an iPad, an Xbox, headphones and a mobile phone.

But she was far more distraught to find out that her American bulldog, Coby, was also missing.

Miss Moore said: “I only really cared about Coby, much more than the other stuff, so I called the police straight away.

“You can replace the other stuff but Coby is part of the family. I couldn’t sleep that night — we have only had him since October and he is such a lovely, dog. I just thought it was such a horrible and cruel thing to do to take him.”

The 23-year-old, who lives at the house with her partner, said she was told by two people that Coby had been spotted being walked by a young man in the local area.

Yesterday afternoon, she received a call from a nearby dog shelter which said a man had handed Coby in.

She said: “I’m so happy that he is back.

“I was just told that a man handed him in, so he could have been the person who broke in — we don’t know.

“He doesn’t seem to be too bothered by the whole thing — he has spent the whole day sleeping.”

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said: “On Tuesday at some point between 7.10am and 1.50pm, a person used a rock to smash a glass panel and enter the house where they stole a number of electrical goods and a 20-week-old American bulldog.

“No arrests have been made at this stage and inquiries are ongoing.”

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9:24am Sun 16 Feb 14

Janch1 says...

Well at least the little dog is back home safe and sound. All the other items can be replaced but people and pets can't.
Well at least the little dog is back home safe and sound. All the other items can be replaced but people and pets can't. Janch1
  • Score: 28

9:48am Sun 16 Feb 14

Boltonresident2012 says...

this is news? Dog gets taken, dog gets returned unharmed after being left in a safe place. Glad it ended well though.
this is news? Dog gets taken, dog gets returned unharmed after being left in a safe place. Glad it ended well though. Boltonresident2012
  • Score: -22

10:25am Sun 16 Feb 14

boydell says...

Boltonresident2012 wrote:
this is news? Dog gets taken, dog gets returned unharmed after being left in a safe place. Glad it ended well though.
It' nice to read a bit of good news for a change !!
[quote][p][bold]Boltonresident2012[/bold] wrote: this is news? Dog gets taken, dog gets returned unharmed after being left in a safe place. Glad it ended well though.[/p][/quote]It' nice to read a bit of good news for a change !! boydell
  • Score: 22

3:03pm Sun 16 Feb 14

questionairre says...

Is the dog actually sat on a bed?
just imagine the germs that that thing spreads about the place.
Not for me thanks
Is the dog actually sat on a bed? just imagine the germs that that thing spreads about the place. Not for me thanks questionairre
  • Score: -18

3:20pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Janch1 says...

questionairre wrote:
Is the dog actually sat on a bed?
just imagine the germs that that thing spreads about the place.
Not for me thanks
Your comment is pretty pointless really. What has the dog sitting on the bed and your panic attack about germs got to do with this article? The dog is back home (unharmed thankfully) with his owners and that is all that matters. What business is it of yours anyway where the dog is sitting? To call the dog "that thing" is quite nasty. "Not for me thanks" What was that comment for? I don't recall anyone offering you a dog.
[quote][p][bold]questionairre[/bold] wrote: Is the dog actually sat on a bed? just imagine the germs that that thing spreads about the place. Not for me thanks[/p][/quote]Your comment is pretty pointless really. What has the dog sitting on the bed and your panic attack about germs got to do with this article? The dog is back home (unharmed thankfully) with his owners and that is all that matters. What business is it of yours anyway where the dog is sitting? To call the dog "that thing" is quite nasty. "Not for me thanks" What was that comment for? I don't recall anyone offering you a dog. Janch1
  • Score: 20

3:31pm Sun 16 Feb 14

underwater says...

questionairre wrote:
Is the dog actually sat on a bed?
just imagine the germs that that thing spreads about the place.
Not for me thanks
Agree .
[quote][p][bold]questionairre[/bold] wrote: Is the dog actually sat on a bed? just imagine the germs that that thing spreads about the place. Not for me thanks[/p][/quote]Agree . underwater
  • Score: -100

4:58pm Sun 16 Feb 14

Janch1 says...

underwater wrote:
questionairre wrote:
Is the dog actually sat on a bed?
just imagine the germs that that thing spreads about the place.
Not for me thanks
Agree .
underwater....you ought to be.
[quote][p][bold]underwater[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]questionairre[/bold] wrote: Is the dog actually sat on a bed? just imagine the germs that that thing spreads about the place. Not for me thanks[/p][/quote]Agree .[/p][/quote]underwater....you ought to be. Janch1
  • Score: 11

7:18pm Sun 16 Feb 14

mr.mark.c says...

questionairre wrote:
Is the dog actually sat on a bed?
just imagine the germs that that thing spreads about the place.
Not for me thanks
No its lay down
I have a dog and he isn't a thing, he is a loved member of my family, infact given a choice between a lot of people and the dog, the dog wins.
[quote][p][bold]questionairre[/bold] wrote: Is the dog actually sat on a bed? just imagine the germs that that thing spreads about the place. Not for me thanks[/p][/quote]No its lay down I have a dog and he isn't a thing, he is a loved member of my family, infact given a choice between a lot of people and the dog, the dog wins. mr.mark.c
  • Score: 23

8:06pm Sun 16 Feb 14

longballs r us says...

Nowadays some members of the human race behave worse than animals.
Love my cat!
Nowadays some members of the human race behave worse than animals. Love my cat! longballs r us
  • Score: 13

9:01pm Sun 16 Feb 14

questionairre says...

I too love animals that are free and wild and roam the earth, as they are supposed to do and not trained to be obedient to their owners commands.
I would never harm an animal personally, but then I eat meat, so does that make me an hippocrit..
So, to the doggy and cat lovers out there, do not think just because others do not love your pets, it does not mean that i am not a animal lover.
Just that i do not want a dog in my bed.
The four legged type I mean!
I too love animals that are free and wild and roam the earth, as they are supposed to do and not trained to be obedient to their owners commands. I would never harm an animal personally, but then I eat meat, so does that make me an hippocrit.. So, to the doggy and cat lovers out there, do not think just because others do not love your pets, it does not mean that i am not a animal lover. Just that i do not want a dog in my bed. The four legged type I mean! questionairre
  • Score: -7

9:24pm Sun 16 Feb 14

mr.mark.c says...

questionairre wrote:
I too love animals that are free and wild and roam the earth, as they are supposed to do and not trained to be obedient to their owners commands.
I would never harm an animal personally, but then I eat meat, so does that make me an hippocrit..
So, to the doggy and cat lovers out there, do not think just because others do not love your pets, it does not mean that i am not a animal lover.
Just that i do not want a dog in my bed.
The four legged type I mean!
You will catch a whole lot more from the two legged type, and I dont think my lil King Charles would fare well in the wild ;)
[quote][p][bold]questionairre[/bold] wrote: I too love animals that are free and wild and roam the earth, as they are supposed to do and not trained to be obedient to their owners commands. I would never harm an animal personally, but then I eat meat, so does that make me an hippocrit.. So, to the doggy and cat lovers out there, do not think just because others do not love your pets, it does not mean that i am not a animal lover. Just that i do not want a dog in my bed. The four legged type I mean![/p][/quote]You will catch a whole lot more from the two legged type, and I dont think my lil King Charles would fare well in the wild ;) mr.mark.c
  • Score: 9

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