Missing puppy found hanged by a noose outside owner’s home days after being stolen

A missing puppy’s corpse has been found tied to it’s owner’s garden gate days after sadistic burglars broke into the property.

Owner Gemma Knowles, 31, had launched an appeal to find her 12-week-old British bulldog, Wilma, who she believed was taken during the burglary on Tuesday.

But the mum-of-three, of Darwen, Lancashire, was left heartbroken when she discovered the puppy’s corpse hanging in her front garden two days later – this morning.

- Picture of British bulldog puppy Wilma TRIANGLE NEWS 0203 176 5581 // contact@trianglenews.co.uk By Helena Kelly A MISSING puppy was found HANGED outside its owner?s house just days after being stolen by sadistic burglars. Mother Gemma Knowles launched an appeal to find her pup Wilma, who was taken during a break-in to her family home. However, the mum-of-three was left heartbroken after discovering the British bulldog?s corpse hanging in her garden two days later, this/yesterday (Thurs) morning.
12-week-old Wilma was stolen during the burglary (Picture: Triangle News)

Cruel robbers had hung Wilma in a wire noose and left her little body tied to the family’s garden gate, following Gemma’s Facebook appeal, which received hundreds of shares.

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Gemma and partner, Andrew Bolland, 36, desperately attempted to revive the puppy with CPR, before they realised that that their beloved pet had already passed away.

The couple’s three children, Penelope, two, Josh, 10, and Dominic, 13, had been asking for a puppy for years and are said to be so traumatised that they don’t want to live in their home anymore.

Gemma said: ‘We’re all absolutely devastated. We’re heartbroken.

‘We’d only had Wilma for three weeks – we bought her because the kids had been begging for years for a puppy.

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‘I just can’t believe somebody would do this to us.

- Picture of Wilma where she was left for dead outside Gemma Knowles' house TRIANGLE NEWS 0203 176 5581 // contact@trianglenews.co.uk By Helena Kelly A MISSING puppy was found HANGED outside its owner?s house just days after being stolen by sadistic burglars. Mother Gemma Knowles launched an appeal to find her pup Wilma, who was taken during a break-in to her family home. However, the mum-of-three was left heartbroken after discovering the British bulldog?s corpse hanging in her garden two days later, this/yesterday (Thurs) morning.
The poor puppy was left hanging on the family’s garden gate just days later (Picture: Triangle News)

‘The kids were so scared and so upset – my son doesn’t even want to be here in the house anymore.’

Gemma said the burglars broke down the back door shortly after she left for work on Tuesday morning.

They stole the family Mercedes – which has since been found dumped at a nearby estate – and £40 of her son’s pocket money, along with poor Wilma.

Teaching assistant Gemma believes the dog was stolen due to its street value of around £4,000.

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But she thinks the robbers were scared of the attention her Facebook appeal received, which garnered 550 shares.

- Picture of Gemma Knowles, 31 with partner Andrew Bolland, 36 and daughter Penelope Bolland, 2 with Wilma TRIANGLE NEWS 0203 176 5581 // contact@trianglenews.co.uk By Helena Kelly A MISSING puppy was found HANGED outside its owner?s house just days after being stolen by sadistic burglars. Mother Gemma Knowles launched an appeal to find her pup Wilma, who was taken during a break-in to her family home. However, the mum-of-three was left heartbroken after discovering the British bulldog?s corpse hanging in her garden two days later, this/yesterday (Thurs) morning.
Gemma Knowles, with partner Andrew Bolland, and daughter Penelope Bolland, with little Wilma before she died (Picture: Triangle News)

‘This is a nice area and nothing like this has ever happened while I’ve been here,’ she added.

‘There is no reason for anybody to do this to us – we’re a quiet family, we keep ourselves to ourselves really.

‘I think they must have taken the puppy to sell for cash but then got scared off by the attention on social media.’

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Police were called to the scene and are said to be investigating the incident.

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A Lancashire Constabulary spokesman said: ‘We were called at 7.48am this morning to reports a puppy had been found dead outside an address on Cranberry Lane, Darwen.

‘The dog, an English bulldog called Wilma, was found on the ground. She had been secured to the gate with a makeshift lead.

‘The puppy had been stolen during a burglary at the property on March 19.

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‘Our thoughts are with Wilma’s owners at this distressing time.

‘Enquiries are ongoing.’