A HILLINGDON family is appealing for information after its female chihuahua was stolen on February 16 from near the Co-op in Lees Road.

The family, who live in Pole Hill, revealed that the dog, Coco, suffers from haemophilia which means, should she get injured, she would bleed to death.

DogLost Area Coordinator Karen Harding said “Coco managed to escape her home and was seen being picked up by a person in a silver car close to the Co-op, but she was never handed over to the local dog warden, the local police or taken to a vets.

“It could be that the person who picked up Coco thought she was a stray and therefore thinks that they are doing the right thing.

“However, anyone who finds a roaming dog should alert the dog warden or take it to the closest vet.”

Courtney Earnes said: “Coco is a massive part of our family and we are absolutely devastated she is still missing.

"I would like to appeal directly to the person who picked her up to either drop her off safely at their local vet or contact DogLost directly to arrange for her to be handed over.”

DogLost can be contacted on 0844 800 3220 and calls are treated in the strictest confidence.

Coco is a black and brown, a female chihuahua cross and is microchipped.