A distraught Scots family fear their missing dogs have been kidnapped by evil breeders for puppy farms.
Staffordshire Bull Terriers Daisy and Thistle vanished from their home in Lenzie after being let into the garden on Saturday night at around 10.15pm.
The inseparable pets, who are mum and daughter, have not been spotted since leaving owners Stuart, 52, and Ann, 54, Malcolm devastated.
Their daughter Heather Ann Dymond, 29, is helping them with desperate searches but fears the friendly pets have been snatched for sinister reasons.
Speaking to the Daily Record she said: “The family are in bits right now.
“This whole experience is something you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy.
“To have a part of your family ripped from you out of the blue is awful, worse knowing that they’ll likely be locked away.
“They could be being used as breeding bitches for a puppy farm and shown no love or affection anymore.
“My mum and stepdad have been out driving around the local area and beyond every chance they can get.
“My younger sister has been taking our male staffy out on and off every day to go walking in the hopes that he’ll pick up their scent.”
The family hope by raising awareness potential thieves who may have swiped the dogs will let them go.
They are hoping the dogs are returned home soon as they are therapets for family members with additional needs.
Heather added: “No matter what some people’s opinions are of the breed, they can be the most loving dogs you’ll ever meet.
“We are hoping and praying that if we can make them ‘too Hot to handle’ then maybe they’ll be released and can be found.
“They are amazing with my blind and autistic sisters and don’t even flinch if my daughter grabs them.
“My daughter has additional support needs and she’s struggling to understand where her grannies dogs have gone and why they only have Baxter, their male staff, left.
“Thistle is a big mummies girl and barely ever leaves my mum’s side, whilst Daisy loves my stepdad to pieces and wants to sit on his lap all day.
“They’re such a huge part of our family and there’s a gaping hole in all our hearts with them gone.
“We’re doing our best to stay strong but every minute they’re gone a part of us breaks that wee bit more.”
Illegal puppy farming is big business across the UK and is estimated to be worth £13m in Scotland alone.
The conditions they are born in leads to serious medical and behavioural issues and, in many instances, death at just a few weeks old.
The main driver behind the demand for puppies is the general public.
The SSPCA said: “We do what we can, but our only chance of stopping the supply is for demand to dry up.
“Our special investigations unit investigated hundreds of reports of puppy farms last year.
“They have successfully raided and prosecuted puppy farms and individuals involved in the greed-driven trade.
“They now spearhead Operation Delphin, a UK-wide, multi-agency taskforce with the goal of bringing heartless traders to justice.”
Police Scotland said:“We can confirm we received a report on Tuesday, 20 July of two dogs missing from a property at Crosshill Road in Lenzie since the evening of Saturday, 17 July.”