Desperate boy, 13, screams “please stop” as dognappers steal beloved family pet


This is the moment callous robbers snatched a dog from a 13-year-old boy who begged them to let him keep his pet.

A doorbell camera captured footage of the robbery in Horndean, Hampshire, on Tuesday evening.

In the clip a man walks up to the lad on the pavement and grabs his dog, Melchy, before jumping in a car and fleeing.

Samuel Brotherton can be heard screaming: “No, no, please, please let go, please, please stop, no, please, please.”

The clip has since been shared thousands of times on social media, forcing the robbers to abandon the dog in a park today.

Melchy’s owner Mark Brotherton, the father of the 13-year-old boy, said the dog was found after he received an anonymous call saying his pet would be returned to the family within the hour.

He wrote on Facebook: “The dog has been returned to us!!!

“He was released in a local park and someone called me to let me know he is safe. He is back home now with Sam getting lots of cuddles.

“I want to say thank you for all the help we received. To you guys on Facebook for sharing and getting the message out there so quickly.

“To the police, who stayed with us until late last night and really put in a massive effort.

“To the people who messaged and called with info, all of it was appreciated.”

Mr Brotherton, 46, thanked his friend who put up a £10,000 reward to find the pooch.

Finally, he also thanked the robber for ‘doing the right thing and letting him go’.

The dad previously said his son was ‘completely devastated’ following the robbery.

Mum Donna, 34, told the Portsmouth newspaper The News: “I’m absolutely relieved – I never ever thought we’d be back in this position.

“I never thought I’d see him again. It’s only the support and people rallying around that we’ve got him back.”

She added that Sam had been ‘traumatised’ by the robbery, although he is ‘relieved’ to have Melchy back.

“I don’t know what we would have done if he wasn’t back,” she said.