Owner distraught after puppy is stolen a second time

This Is Wiltshire: Albert Romaine with two puppies which were stolen on a previous occasion. Picture: Alex Skennerton Buy this photo Albert Romaine with two puppies which were stolen on a previous occasion. Picture: Alex Skennerton

DOG-LOVER Albert Romaine is once again suffering heartache after his favourite 11-week-old puppy was stolen from his Rodbourne home.

Last month, a whole litter of nine puppies was taken from his house in Percy Street while the 55-year-old went into town for a couple of hours.

The puppies were still being weaned by Albert after his five-year-old bitch Lexi became pregnant, but thanks to efforts from Wiltshire Police and members of the public all nine puppies were returned within two weeks.

Since then, Albert has been selling the Staffordshire bull terrier/collie cross-breeds, but only after he picked one little pup, Dino, to keep for himself.

But on Saturday evening Dino was taken from him, leaving Albert distraught.

He said: “I went mad when I realised what had happened. I can’t believe it’s happened again.

“Two girls came to look at the last five puppies to choose one to buy. I was holding Dino when they came in and they said they wanted him but I said he wasn’t for sale, he was for me.

“But she wanted that one and the next thing I knew is he had gone. I went into the kitchen with one of the girls and when I came back out Dino and the other girl had gone.

“I searched everywhere for him for more than an hour, and walked as far as the Co-Op, in Rodbourne Road, to find him.

“But he is only 11 weeks old and wouldn’t have gone far.”

Albert, who also owns two cats and several fish, is now selling the other puppies for only £8.

“I’ve just had enough,” he said.

Albert was forced to change all his locks after the litter was stolen in January.

He said: “I was going through hell when they went. I was just going ballistic. I searched all over the house for them and I was shaking.

“I was so happy when they came home. I was over the moon.

“Now that Dino has been taken again I am so angry.”

Swindon Police are asking anyone with any information to come forward.

A police spokesman said: “The incident occurred at around 5pm on February 22. There is an ongoing investigation into the incident and police are looking for a female suspect.”

Dino is brindle and brown with white markings.

Anyone who may have seen anything suspicious around the time of the incident can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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6:47am Tue 25 Feb 14

Mushymushy says...

This bloke is selling puppies for £8 is he a ****!ng idiot they obviously don't mean that much to him.what a complete moron.
This bloke is selling puppies for £8 is he a ****!ng idiot they obviously don't mean that much to him.what a complete moron. Mushymushy
  • Score: 26

6:51am Tue 25 Feb 14

Mushymushy says...

All the work that went into recovering the animals and he sells them for £8,he should be banned from keeping any animals. What a waster.
All the work that went into recovering the animals and he sells them for £8,he should be banned from keeping any animals. What a waster. Mushymushy
  • Score: 21

7:55am Tue 25 Feb 14

StillPav says...

Ar there not laws surrounding the breeding and selling of dogs?
Ar there not laws surrounding the breeding and selling of dogs? StillPav
  • Score: 11

8:15am Tue 25 Feb 14

Rubbercement says...

This is exactly how dogs end up with idiot owners when so called "animal lovers" sell them for £8!!!! He won't care where they end up, genuine people would expect to pay a decent amount for a dog. This needs looking into by the RSPCA?!?!?
This is exactly how dogs end up with idiot owners when so called "animal lovers" sell them for £8!!!! He won't care where they end up, genuine people would expect to pay a decent amount for a dog. This needs looking into by the RSPCA?!?!? Rubbercement
  • Score: 18

8:33am Tue 25 Feb 14

EastleazeRed says...

He doesn't seem the full ticket if you ask me ?
He doesn't seem the full ticket if you ask me ? EastleazeRed
  • Score: 15

9:05am Tue 25 Feb 14

anotherimigrant says...

Wot a Tw^at.

This guy shouldn't be allowed to own a pencil, he,s definatly not the full ticket, a couple of sandwiches short of a picnic.
Wot a Tw^at. This guy shouldn't be allowed to own a pencil, he,s definatly not the full ticket, a couple of sandwiches short of a picnic. anotherimigrant
  • Score: 13

9:31am Tue 25 Feb 14

Davey Gravey says...

Jeez, what an absolute cretin. Clearly incapable of looking after animals correctly and selling them for £8 says it all. There are rescue centres full of dogs because of t0ssers like him.
Jeez, what an absolute cretin. Clearly incapable of looking after animals correctly and selling them for £8 says it all. There are rescue centres full of dogs because of t0ssers like him. Davey Gravey
  • Score: 21

9:47am Tue 25 Feb 14

EmmBee says...

Breeding dogs with no thought for the consequences.
Breeding children with no thought for the consequences.
Welcome to Swindon.
Breeding dogs with no thought for the consequences. Breeding children with no thought for the consequences. Welcome to Swindon. EmmBee
  • Score: 22

10:23am Tue 25 Feb 14

PJC says...

Sounds naive at best. Let people into your house, then leave the room, and, surprise! Something has gone......
Sounds naive at best. Let people into your house, then leave the room, and, surprise! Something has gone...... PJC
  • Score: 12

10:48am Tue 25 Feb 14

Oldtownmum says...

Selling for £8. Brilliant. More rogue staffies with morons striding the streets of Swindon! What an idiot.
Selling for £8. Brilliant. More rogue staffies with morons striding the streets of Swindon! What an idiot. Oldtownmum
  • Score: 10

12:04pm Tue 25 Feb 14

twasadawf says...

IQ test for wannabe dog owners just to make sure they have more intelligence than the Dog they want to buy would be a start
IQ test for wannabe dog owners just to make sure they have more intelligence than the Dog they want to buy would be a start twasadawf
  • Score: 10

1:28pm Tue 25 Feb 14

CocoaClown says...

This is why there needs to be tighter laws and licences for dog owners. Those poor puppies are going to end up in the wrong hands.

To be a responsible dog owner, he needs to get Lexi spade as soon as she can be done to stop this happening again.
This is why there needs to be tighter laws and licences for dog owners. Those poor puppies are going to end up in the wrong hands. To be a responsible dog owner, he needs to get Lexi spade as soon as she can be done to stop this happening again. CocoaClown
  • Score: 7

1:29pm Tue 25 Feb 14

CocoaClown says...

*or spayed even!
*or spayed even! CocoaClown
  • Score: 0

1:37pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Eastcott says...

It seems these puppies were more rescued rather than stolen.
It seems these puppies were more rescued rather than stolen. Eastcott
  • Score: 6

4:08pm Tue 25 Feb 14

veganarmy says...

I do not like dog breeders - whether the pups are sold for £8 or £800. There are so many dogs at rescue centres needing good homes.
I do not like dog breeders - whether the pups are sold for £8 or £800. There are so many dogs at rescue centres needing good homes. veganarmy
  • Score: 2

9:13pm Tue 25 Feb 14

house on the hill says...

That really is quite scary that basically any idiot can breed and sell any dogs to anyone. Most of all it's se cruel for the dogs being sold to any muppet with the price of a packet of fags in their pocket.
That really is quite scary that basically any idiot can breed and sell any dogs to anyone. Most of all it's se cruel for the dogs being sold to any muppet with the price of a packet of fags in their pocket. house on the hill
  • Score: 1

7:54am Wed 26 Feb 14

swindondad says...

I would be equally as concerned about the type of bloke who invites "two girls" into his house without adult supervision to "look at my puppies".

It sounds like an opening scene from a bad crime novel / TV drama.
I would be equally as concerned about the type of bloke who invites "two girls" into his house without adult supervision to "look at my puppies". It sounds like an opening scene from a bad crime novel / TV drama. swindondad
  • Score: 3

12:34pm Wed 26 Feb 14

*Claire* says...

HE IS NOT SELLING THE PUPPIES FOR £8. THIS IS A COMPLETE MISPRINT OR BAD REPORTING.

Adver, please sort this out as they are being bombarded now with unsuitable people wanting the puppies.
Also, they weren't young girls to the people now accusing this poor man of some kind of paedophilia. They are late teens.

People need to get their facts straight, including this paper.
HE IS NOT SELLING THE PUPPIES FOR £8. THIS IS A COMPLETE MISPRINT OR BAD REPORTING. Adver, please sort this out as they are being bombarded now with unsuitable people wanting the puppies. Also, they weren't young girls to the people now accusing this poor man of some kind of paedophilia. They are late teens. People need to get their facts straight, including this paper. *Claire*
  • Score: -1

2:27pm Wed 26 Feb 14

tina61 says...

to all these air heads on here, id just like to let u all know that this owner is NOT selling these puppies for £8 that was a misprint, he is also a very caring owner who does have learning difficulties who by the way didnt plan on breeding his dog, he didnt know his dog was comming into season otherwise he wouldnt of let her off the lead , anyways long story short, he has now got the mum neutered as he never wanted pups in the first place but now he does have pups, these pups really do mean the world to him... also id like to calrify the 2 girls who knew the owner were about 19yrs old and knocked on his door and practically begged to see the pups, albert being albert thought cause he knew one of the girls he would let them in as they did say they were interested in rehoming one, these girls knew how harmless and vulnerable albert is and took that for granted, i am appalled to think that the people that have commented about this story judge a person before knowing full facts, i am personally helping the owner rehome his puppies and i dont rehome to just anyone, ive fostered abused dogs for years and i know how horrible some people can be, the remaining puppies will be going to great homes just like the rest of them, when the owner let the 2 girls in i didnt know anything about it otherwise if i did i would of been there and the pup wouldnt of went missing... i think you ll need to think about things before u start judging people, yea albert might not be all there doesnt mean people can take the **** out of him and steal from him, aslo im angry that the reporter hasnt edited the story like they were suppose to!!!!
to all these air heads on here, id just like to let u all know that this owner is NOT selling these puppies for £8 that was a misprint, he is also a very caring owner who does have learning difficulties who by the way didnt plan on breeding his dog, he didnt know his dog was comming into season otherwise he wouldnt of let her off the lead , anyways long story short, he has now got the mum neutered as he never wanted pups in the first place but now he does have pups, these pups really do mean the world to him... also id like to calrify the 2 girls who knew the owner were about 19yrs old and knocked on his door and practically begged to see the pups, albert being albert thought cause he knew one of the girls he would let them in as they did say they were interested in rehoming one, these girls knew how harmless and vulnerable albert is and took that for granted, i am appalled to think that the people that have commented about this story judge a person before knowing full facts, i am personally helping the owner rehome his puppies and i dont rehome to just anyone, ive fostered abused dogs for years and i know how horrible some people can be, the remaining puppies will be going to great homes just like the rest of them, when the owner let the 2 girls in i didnt know anything about it otherwise if i did i would of been there and the pup wouldnt of went missing... i think you ll need to think about things before u start judging people, yea albert might not be all there doesnt mean people can take the **** out of him and steal from him, aslo im angry that the reporter hasnt edited the story like they were suppose to!!!! tina61
  • Score: -2

2:32pm Wed 26 Feb 14

tina61 says...

also i forgot to mention, albert isnt like any other "breeder" cause now hes paid for the neutereing the remaining money is going to charity
also i forgot to mention, albert isnt like any other "breeder" cause now hes paid for the neutereing the remaining money is going to charity tina61
  • Score: -2

7:20pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Swindonlover says...

tina61 wrote:
to all these air heads on here, id just like to let u all know that this owner is NOT selling these puppies for £8 that was a misprint, he is also a very caring owner who does have learning difficulties who by the way didnt plan on breeding his dog, he didnt know his dog was comming into season otherwise he wouldnt of let her off the lead , anyways long story short, he has now got the mum neutered as he never wanted pups in the first place but now he does have pups, these pups really do mean the world to him... also id like to calrify the 2 girls who knew the owner were about 19yrs old and knocked on his door and practically begged to see the pups, albert being albert thought cause he knew one of the girls he would let them in as they did say they were interested in rehoming one, these girls knew how harmless and vulnerable albert is and took that for granted, i am appalled to think that the people that have commented about this story judge a person before knowing full facts, i am personally helping the owner rehome his puppies and i dont rehome to just anyone, ive fostered abused dogs for years and i know how horrible some people can be, the remaining puppies will be going to great homes just like the rest of them, when the owner let the 2 girls in i didnt know anything about it otherwise if i did i would of been there and the pup wouldnt of went missing... i think you ll need to think about things before u start judging people, yea albert might not be all there doesnt mean people can take the **** out of him and steal from him, aslo im angry that the reporter hasnt edited the story like they were suppose to!!!!
If he didn't wish to breed dogs he should have had his dog spayed. If he has such learning difficulties that he doesn't understand that Boy + Girl having sex may equal baby; whichever species. Then may I suggest his "carers" are sacked! If you do not want pups have your dog spayed! Love the lack of capital letters; the use of u instead of YOU 2 instead of TWO your post sums up everything that's wrong with Swindon.
[quote][p][bold]tina61[/bold] wrote: to all these air heads on here, id just like to let u all know that this owner is NOT selling these puppies for £8 that was a misprint, he is also a very caring owner who does have learning difficulties who by the way didnt plan on breeding his dog, he didnt know his dog was comming into season otherwise he wouldnt of let her off the lead , anyways long story short, he has now got the mum neutered as he never wanted pups in the first place but now he does have pups, these pups really do mean the world to him... also id like to calrify the 2 girls who knew the owner were about 19yrs old and knocked on his door and practically begged to see the pups, albert being albert thought cause he knew one of the girls he would let them in as they did say they were interested in rehoming one, these girls knew how harmless and vulnerable albert is and took that for granted, i am appalled to think that the people that have commented about this story judge a person before knowing full facts, i am personally helping the owner rehome his puppies and i dont rehome to just anyone, ive fostered abused dogs for years and i know how horrible some people can be, the remaining puppies will be going to great homes just like the rest of them, when the owner let the 2 girls in i didnt know anything about it otherwise if i did i would of been there and the pup wouldnt of went missing... i think you ll need to think about things before u start judging people, yea albert might not be all there doesnt mean people can take the **** out of him and steal from him, aslo im angry that the reporter hasnt edited the story like they were suppose to!!!![/p][/quote]If he didn't wish to breed dogs he should have had his dog spayed. If he has such learning difficulties that he doesn't understand that Boy + Girl having sex may equal baby; whichever species. Then may I suggest his "carers" are sacked! If you do not want pups have your dog spayed! Love the lack of capital letters; the use of u instead of YOU 2 instead of TWO your post sums up everything that's wrong with Swindon. Swindonlover
  • Score: 2

12:21am Fri 28 Feb 14

tina61 says...

Swindonlover wrote:
tina61 wrote:
to all these air heads on here, id just like to let u all know that this owner is NOT selling these puppies for £8 that was a misprint, he is also a very caring owner who does have learning difficulties who by the way didnt plan on breeding his dog, he didnt know his dog was comming into season otherwise he wouldnt of let her off the lead , anyways long story short, he has now got the mum neutered as he never wanted pups in the first place but now he does have pups, these pups really do mean the world to him... also id like to calrify the 2 girls who knew the owner were about 19yrs old and knocked on his door and practically begged to see the pups, albert being albert thought cause he knew one of the girls he would let them in as they did say they were interested in rehoming one, these girls knew how harmless and vulnerable albert is and took that for granted, i am appalled to think that the people that have commented about this story judge a person before knowing full facts, i am personally helping the owner rehome his puppies and i dont rehome to just anyone, ive fostered abused dogs for years and i know how horrible some people can be, the remaining puppies will be going to great homes just like the rest of them, when the owner let the 2 girls in i didnt know anything about it otherwise if i did i would of been there and the pup wouldnt of went missing... i think you ll need to think about things before u start judging people, yea albert might not be all there doesnt mean people can take the **** out of him and steal from him, aslo im angry that the reporter hasnt edited the story like they were suppose to!!!!
If he didn't wish to breed dogs he should have had his dog spayed. If he has such learning difficulties that he doesn't understand that Boy + Girl having sex may equal baby; whichever species. Then may I suggest his "carers" are sacked! If you do not want pups have your dog spayed! Love the lack of capital letters; the use of u instead of YOU 2 instead of TWO your post sums up everything that's wrong with Swindon.
the owner does know how babies are made hes not completely stupid!!! the owner doesnt have carers and he was also told when he got the dog that she was already spayed, also as he doesnt have any say with his own money as he has to go through his support worker he couldnt pay for the operation, his support workers let him down and messed him around and refused to give him any of his own money for the neutering as a result he now has a new support worker, the mother is also now neutered,
i may not be a grammar freak like some but one thing i dont lack is manners and some consideration to other people, maybe you should give it ago
[quote][p][bold]Swindonlover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tina61[/bold] wrote: to all these air heads on here, id just like to let u all know that this owner is NOT selling these puppies for £8 that was a misprint, he is also a very caring owner who does have learning difficulties who by the way didnt plan on breeding his dog, he didnt know his dog was comming into season otherwise he wouldnt of let her off the lead , anyways long story short, he has now got the mum neutered as he never wanted pups in the first place but now he does have pups, these pups really do mean the world to him... also id like to calrify the 2 girls who knew the owner were about 19yrs old and knocked on his door and practically begged to see the pups, albert being albert thought cause he knew one of the girls he would let them in as they did say they were interested in rehoming one, these girls knew how harmless and vulnerable albert is and took that for granted, i am appalled to think that the people that have commented about this story judge a person before knowing full facts, i am personally helping the owner rehome his puppies and i dont rehome to just anyone, ive fostered abused dogs for years and i know how horrible some people can be, the remaining puppies will be going to great homes just like the rest of them, when the owner let the 2 girls in i didnt know anything about it otherwise if i did i would of been there and the pup wouldnt of went missing... i think you ll need to think about things before u start judging people, yea albert might not be all there doesnt mean people can take the **** out of him and steal from him, aslo im angry that the reporter hasnt edited the story like they were suppose to!!!![/p][/quote]If he didn't wish to breed dogs he should have had his dog spayed. If he has such learning difficulties that he doesn't understand that Boy + Girl having sex may equal baby; whichever species. Then may I suggest his "carers" are sacked! If you do not want pups have your dog spayed! Love the lack of capital letters; the use of u instead of YOU 2 instead of TWO your post sums up everything that's wrong with Swindon.[/p][/quote]the owner does know how babies are made hes not completely stupid!!! the owner doesnt have carers and he was also told when he got the dog that she was already spayed, also as he doesnt have any say with his own money as he has to go through his support worker he couldnt pay for the operation, his support workers let him down and messed him around and refused to give him any of his own money for the neutering as a result he now has a new support worker, the mother is also now neutered, i may not be a grammar freak like some but one thing i dont lack is manners and some consideration to other people, maybe you should give it ago tina61
  • Score: 0

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