A 12-YEAR-OLD Beckenham dog lover had her pet chihuahua snatched from her arms by a passing car on Wednesday.
Tae Bennett was walking her dog Ollie along Arrol Road, Beckenham, when she was stopped by a blue car occupied by a couple in their 30s and a small girl.
The driver asked how much the dog cost before returning soon afterwards to steal the canine and, in doing, so running over Tae’s foot causing her to collapse later.
Step-father Dana Maroof, of Blandford Road, says the whole family desperately wants to be reunited with Ollie.
“Ollie is like a second child for me,” said the 36-year-old. “When we got the dog I did not feel like I was going to be so attached to the dog.”
Tae was said to be devastated during the night.
“We could not stop her crying – she was hysterical,” said her father.
“We are obviously very eager to get Ollie back to us and any help you can provide is really appreciated.”
Tae was carried back to the family home by a neighbour after the incident.
On Thursday, Tae's foot had recovered suffciently for her and her mum to put up posters around the neighbourhood.
The man is aged between 30-40, having short cropped black hair, with black stubble and an Irish accent.
The woman has a dark brown pony tail and the little girl, also in the car, had blue eyes with blond curly hair.
A police spokesman said: "We are appealing for anyone who may have seen anything in the area at the time of the incident to contact us.
“We would also like to hear from anyone who has been approached by a person trying to sell a grey and white chihuahua pedigree dog to call us and aid us in our investigation."
Anyone with information can contact Bromley Police's CID on 020 8284 8859 or Crimestoppers, quoting reference 3316374/12.