Leeds car thieves steal 4x4 with tiny chihuahua inside

Police have released a number of pictures of a Teacup Chihuahua after the vehicle she was in was stolen by car thieves.

Tia the Teacup Chihuahua

Tia the dog was in a red Nissan Juke 4x4 vehicle, registration number YK11GKN, which was parked in Boroughgate, Otley.

At around 1.30pm on Wednesday, September 3, her owner has briefly left the vehicle. On returning, she has seen a man inside the vehicle who has initially put it in reverse, hitting a parked vehicle behind, before driving off from the scene.

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The man is described as white, aged in his late 20s, with dark hair, wearing a grey hoody with writing across the front.

PC Joanne Lockwood, of Otley Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Understandably, Tia’s owner is extremely upset and concerned for her pet’s welfare. We have been conducting extensive enquiries but at this stage both the vehicle and Tia are still outstanding.

“It may well be that given Tia’s size, the man who stole the vehicle was not aware that she was inside and we would urge him to search his conscience and hand her in.

“If anyone saw any part of this incident or has information about the current whereabouts of the stolen vehicle or Tia the Teacup Chuhuahua then I would urge them to call Otley Neighbourhood Policing Team on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”