A traumatized mother is bombarded with horrific phone calls threatening to chop up her daughter’s stolen puppy.
Gintare, 36, lives in fear of the horrific harassment and has prevented her 11-year-old daughter from leaving the house if she is also abducted.
Beloved red toy poodle Smaila was kidnapped from Gintare’s van in late March while the family were shopping in Edmonton – she fainted at the discovery.
London is the dog-stealing capital of the UK, and tragically, napping with dogs has increased since the pandemic.
Since Smaila’s disappearance, mother Gintare has been stalked by scammers who claim to have her precious pooch.
The violent callers threaten to chop up Smaila unless the family spits out thousands of pounds.
The late night calls from hell are so horrifying that Gintare is afraid to leave the house and has trackers installed on her daughter’s phone.
The heartbroken 11-year-old is desperate to save up her own pocket money to pay the thieves so they can get their dog back.
The 9 month old puppy was her birthday present.
But the mother knows the calls are fake – the blackmailers can never prove they stole Smaila when she asks for photographic evidence.
She told MyLondon: “I’ve had a lot of scammer calls asking me to pay her £2,000 or they’ll cut her up and bury her in the garden.
“It’s awful. They call you in the middle of the night – 1am, 1:30am.
“When you’re in the middle of your sleep, you’re a little groggy and you think, ‘Maybe that’s true.’
“When you’re in a situation like that, you start believing.”
The last callers, two men with Irish accents, didn’t even ask for money.
One said: “You know what I’m going to do? I’ll tie your dog to my bike and pull him until he breaks into pieces.”
The family was drained from the nightmare.
Gintare said: “My little girl, she said to me, ‘Mom, I’ve saved £1,000, I’ll pay for it all with my own money’.”
She added: “I was never like that, but I became like that. I’m scared of everything now.
“I’m afraid to leave the house, afraid of traffic lights. I keep locking my car.”
“Since that day we are no longer without each other. We were just a whole family together.
“We talk about how adorable she was as a puppy and how everything has changed in our lives.
“We were happy, we had plans. We wanted to get things out in the summer. And honestly, that’s when it all stopped.”
“Every time I walk through the door, I feel like it’s coming towards me and hitting me. And then you remember, no, she’s not.”
The distraught mum said: “Honestly I thought it would be a few days before we found her with the amount of people sharing on Facebook.
“We paid for sponsored ads on Facebook, journalists helped us. Articles, posters – nothing.”
Gintare’s horror story follows a pattern of threatening ransom demands.
Last year, owners reported similar calls from dog gangs as thefts in London surged 75 percent.
A poor widower, Gerald McCarthy, 69, from Hertfordshire, told the Mirror he received up to 21 fraudulent calls, including death threats, in a single day after his pet Chihuahua Molly was kidnapped.
Ever since lockdown spurred demand for dogs in the UK, Britons have been warned that more dog thieves are still on the loose.
Criminals looking for a quick buck took advantage of the rise in popularity of puppies when most of us were forced to work from home.
A new map recently revealed the UK’s worst dog theft spots for owners to keep an eye out for thieves.
How can I protect my dog from theft?
The RSCPA warned owners to protect their dogs.
- Don’t leave your dog alone in front of a store or in a car.
- Teach your dog reliable recall when you’re out and about.
- Check your yard to make sure it is secure and if you have a gate then lock it.
- Have your pet neutered as this can reduce the chance of roaming.
- You are legally required to ensure your pet is wearing an ID tag collar and that it is up to date – consider adding your mobile number.
- Microchip your pet and keep the data up to date, that’s the law too.
- Keep recent photos of your pet and note any distinguishing features.
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