Search for van stolen from East Acton with six dogs inside – including blind and deaf collie

Six dogs are missing after a dog walker’s van was stolen from a busy East Acton street this morning.

Among them is former BBC technology correspondent, Rory Cellan-Jones’, elderly collie cross, Cabbage – who is partially sighted.

The rescue dog has been part of his family for the last 14 years – but he holds out hope she will be found and returned home so that she can live out her golden years.

He said: “She’s really old, about 15 now, we reckon. She’s mostly blind, pretty deaf and she’s one of the family. We accepted she was nearing her end but to have her go in this way is terrible.

Cabbage, a collie cross, has been stolen in Ealing
Cabbage, a collie cross, has been stolen in Ealing
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“Cabbage was a rescue dog – we got her 14 year ago. She was incredibly nervous and very energetic. I used to run with her when I could run.

“She needed three walks a day, so we got a dog walker and have used one for a while.

“We love her, and she’s an incredibly gentle dog. The only thing she’s not gentle with is the post coming through the door.”

Cabbage’s dog walker had picked her up at 9.20am this morning, before heading off to collect some of their other client’s pets.

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Rory said: “I think there’s about half a dozen dogs in there. The guy that walks our dog picks her up, does the rounds, puts them in the van and takes them to somewhere like Wormwood Scrubs for a walk.

“He came to us at around 9.20am and it was 10.20am he got to East Acton and left the van running on a busy street. He ran to the door to pick up the next dog and as he turned round saw somebody leaping in and driving away with the van.

“It feels like an opportunist – it doesn’t feel like dog theft but you don’t know.”

Metropolitan Police are making enquiries into the theft, but no arrests have been made as yet. It’s believed a dog called Sam, and a beagle called B Bau, were inside with a further three pets.

A spokesman for the force said: “Police were called to Erconwald Street, W12, at 10.11hrs on Friday, 12 November, to reports of a van stolen containing six dogs. Officers attended. There have been no arrests. Enquiries are ongoing.”

My London – Local News