Mr Lilley is walking around 140 miles from their home to 10 Downing Street in an attempt to raise awareness about dognapping and to shed light on the horrible calls that they have received. The couple’s daughter Rachel says the family are still holding out hope of finding their beloved pets. Miss Lilley, 30, explained: ‘We’ve had possibilities, people phoning up saying we’ve seen these dogs but unfortunately they weren’t ours.
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‘We’ve had lots of hoax and scam calls, we’ve had children phone us up and say it’s about your dog, then giving us hope and then saying it’s dead.
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‘We want people to see that side of it, we’re not just dealing with the grief of knowing they’re gone, but this too.
‘We’ve had children say: “We’ve chopped off the head and given it to the butcher.”’
She went on: ‘We’ve kind of grown accustomed to it, we have it on a daily basis.‘That’s what we want the Government to understand, it’s not just us not knowing where they are, we’re having to put up with this.
‘They start the conversation drawing you in emotionally saying it’s on this road, it’s in this area and then that happens.
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‘Most of the time they call from private numbers but there’s occasions when they’re stupid enough not to call and block their number, then we report it to the police but it’s normally a burner phone.
‘They’re that gutless they just hang up.’She said that was part of the reason why they are walking to London.
They are happy that laws around pet abduction have been changed but say convictions need to be higher.
Miss Lilley added: ‘My mum still won’t leave the house, she won’t go in the back garden, so I’m making sure my mum is ok then driving over to where dad’s stopping and driving back again.’
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Mr Lilley is starting his walk on Wednesday morning and is due to arrive at Downing Street on Monday, when police will escorting them to the door.
Miss Lilley continued: ‘We want to say how much it’s been affecting us as a family and about the scam calls.
‘The majority are kids then you do get some people saying we’ve got your dogs and trying to get money out of us.
‘We ask for a photo and they always say no. We’re not giving up, we’re so determined to get our girls back.’
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