The family from Chingford were at a funeral on the day their house was burgled and pet Chihuahua was stolen

Alfie has been missing for a week

Alfie has been missing for a week

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East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter, covering Chingford, Highams Park and Woodford. Call me on 07795 476 625

A mother has launched a public appeal to find her son's pet dog believed to have been stolen during a day-time raid on their property.

Natalie Ronan, 29, and her parents were at the funeral of a family friend on May 23 when their home in Waltham Way, Chingford, was "completely ransacked" by burglars.

Ms Ronan had picked up her son Aaron, aged three, from nursery and returned home at 5pm to find their five year-old tan-coloured pet Chihuahua 'Alfie' had disappeared.

The unidentified raiders had used tools to break the back window and gain entry to the property where they then stole iPads, jewellery, laptops and money, as the family grieved the passing of a close friend. 

'Alfie' was bought by Ms Ronan at just seven weeks old and his disappearance is considered to be out of the ordinary.

"He is a timid little dog and is quite shy. We've had him since a pup so he knows where his home is if he was to have escaped during the burglary.

"Alfie is my son's best friend and all I want to do is re-unite him with his dog. This last week has been awful not knowing if he is safe and with our house being tipped upside down.

"I just want him back and I'm happy to offer a reward," said Ms Ronan.

Ms Ronan believes in the "bottom of my heart Alfie has been sold-on to make a "quick buck" after searching the area of Chingford high and low and sending out hundreds of missing posters. 

Police were called to the property shortly after 5pm on Friday and Ms Ronan was also given hope as the police had found a tan-coloured dog, but the 29 year-old was left feeling even more "heart-broken" when she realised it was not Alfie.

If you have any information regarding Alfie, please contact 07780460282. 

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12:16pm Thu 5 Jun 14

Walthamster says...

Shame. I hope they get the little dog back safely.

Thieves often steal animals to sell, so it might be worth looking on websites. If they see their dog, I'd advise buying it back, without arousing the seller's suspicions, before reporting them to the police.

http://www.freeads.c
o.uk/uk/buy__sell/pe
ts/
http://www.gumtree.c
om/dogs
http://www.pets4home
s.co.uk

Does anyone have other ideas how to look for Alfie?
Shame. I hope they get the little dog back safely. Thieves often steal animals to sell, so it might be worth looking on websites. If they see their dog, I'd advise buying it back, without arousing the seller's suspicions, before reporting them to the police. http://www.freeads.c o.uk/uk/buy__sell/pe ts/ http://www.gumtree.c om/dogs http://www.pets4home s.co.uk Does anyone have other ideas how to look for Alfie? Walthamster
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