Dad’s rant after thieves stole 11 puppies from his children as he offers £50,000 reward

A dog owner has offered a £50,000 reward after thieves held his children at knifepoint and stole 11 puppies.

Mark Orley, 44, has taken the law into his own hands with a desperate appeal to get his seven French Bulldog and four Dachshund puppies back.

He said his daughter, 13, and son, 16, were looking after the dogs at their Loughton, Essex, home when three men, pretending to be from British Gas, knocked on their door.

- Picture of Mark Orley, TRIANGLE NEWS 0203 176 0089 // By Kaisha Langton THE owner of eleven stolen puppies has taken to social media to offer ?50,000 to anyone who can name the thieves who snatched them. Mark Orley decided to take the law into his own hands after someone nabbed the pups. He claims his kids were held at knifepoint in the process - and offered ?50k to anyone who helps identify those responsible. *Full copy available via Triangle News*
Mark Orley shared an emotional video to social media (Picture: Mark Orley/Triangle News)

Mark initially offered £20,000 for ‘one name’, and added: ‘I will deal with it myself’.

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Posting on social media, Mark said: ‘Reward increased to £50,000. For the safe return of my puppies.

‘These puppies could die in the next 24 hours as four of them are away from their mother’s milk and too young to be weaned.’

Mark said on Tuesday: ‘I’m absolutely heartbroken. It is horrendous what I’m going through I can’t leave my house without fear of it happening again. They are cowards.

‘I only left it unattended for two hours. I don’t usually go out, due to the puppies. The children have gone to their mums because they are scared to live in the house at the moment.

Ferrari Press Agency...police are investigating after these cute puppies were stolen by a gang of armed raiders who raided a home at knifepoint in Essex while two young children were home. The family are pleading for help to get them returned over fears they could die as so young. Picture: Mark Orley/Ferrari Press Agency
Seven, seven-week-old French Bulldog puppies were taken in the raid (Picture: Mark Orley/Ferrari Press Agency)
A FURIOUS dog owner has offered a ?50,000 reward in an emotional video after bogus gas engineers forced their way into his home at knifepoint and stole his puppies. Mark Orley, 44, can barely keep his emotions in check in the short clip in which he brands the thieves ?b******s? and pleads for "just one name". He has revealed that the raid, at his home in Loughton, Essex yesterday afternoon, also involved his children being threatened with a knife. Mark said three men called at the house while he was out. The door was answered by his teenage son, Mitchell, 16, who noticed one of the gang was masked. After trying to close the door the gang burst in, threatened the Mitchell and Maddie, 8, with a knife and bundled 11 French bulldog and daschund puppies into a handbag. In his video, in which he mentions a ?20,000 reward since increased to ?50,000, he rages: "Right, listen everyone this is f*****g serious now.
Thieves also left with four 11 days old Dachshund puppies (Picture: Mark Orley/Deadline News)

‘I now want them to ring me before they answer the door to anyone.’

The Dachshund puppies are only 11 days old, while the French Bulldog puppies are seven weeks old.

He explained that he went to the airport to drop of a friend when his son called and told him what happened.

Mark continued: ‘When I returned I saw the police and heard the puppies had been taken. I was told by my children that it was three boys aged 20-25 who claimed they were from British Gas and said there was a gas leak in the area.

‘My son noticed one of them had a mask and tried to close the door, which ended up in a struggle and a knife got pulled out.

‘They put the seven French Bulldogs and four Dachshunds into my girlfriend’s Mulberry handbag and left.’

- Image taken from a video of Mark Orley offering a reward of ?20k TRIANGLE NEWS 0203 176 0089 // By Kaisha Langton THE owner of eleven stolen puppies has taken to social media to offer ?50,000 to anyone who can name the thieves who snatched them. Mark Orley decided to take the law into his own hands after someone nabbed the pups. He claims his kids were held at knifepoint in the process - and offered ?50k to anyone who helps identify those responsible. *Full copy available via Triangle News*
Mark appealed for ‘one name’ (Picture: Mark Orley/Triangle News)

Mark, who has been a dog breeder for nine years, said in the video: ‘£20,000 reward Essex area. These dogs too hot to handle.

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‘They have been stolen from my house this morning with my two kids being held at knifepoint by three black people.

‘Only been out the house less than an hour. Get sharing and tagging people because I won’t be resting until I get these b*******.

‘I live in a close where everyone has cameras. Police there now who will be the checks on all the motorways. All I want is a name inboxed.’

Mark said the Dachshund mum had been ‘crying for her pups all night’.

Undated handout photo issued by Greater Manchester Police (GMP) of eight young dogs that were snatched from the home of a mother and her young children by armed raiders. The one-day-old French Bulldog puppies were taken by two raiders who forced their way into the family?s home in Stretford, Greater Manchester, armed with a knife. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday October 24, 2018. Police said the two men demanded cash and mobile phones from the 26-year-old mother, who was six months pregnant, before stealing the puppies and fleeing. See PA story POLICE Puppies. Photo credit should read: GMP/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
The incident comes just days after eight newborn French Bulldog puppies were stolen in Greater Manchester (Picture: PA)

A spokesman for Essex Police said the force was investigating the incident.

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He said: ‘We are investigating following a burglary in Loughton where a number dogs were stolen.

‘Three men forced their way into an address in Hogarth Reach at around 2pm on Monday, 29 October. They threatened someone inside before stealing a number of French Bulldog and Dachshund puppies.’

If you saw or heard anything, have CCTV, were driving in the area and have dash cam footage or have any information please call us on 101 quoting the crime reference number 42/157577/18.
Alternatively you can contact Crimestoppers 100 per cent anonymously on 0800 555 111.

This incident follows on from another in Greater Manchester on Saturday where eight newborn French Bulldog puppies were stolen by two armed men.

Six out of eight puppies taken died, but the two others have since been renuited with their mum.