A DEJECTED dog owner who claims a gang of thieves snatched her pet pooch has launched an emotional plea for help.

Claire Revis told of her “utter disgust” when she realised her pet terrier cross-breed Milo was missing from his home at Duncarnock Farm, in Newton Mearns, on Wednesday, October 18.

Heartbroken Claire told the Barrhead News police have since launched an investigation to find a 'seven-strong' group of thieves, with searches under way in neighbouring East Ayrshire and as far away as Peebles.

Writing in a Facebook post, which has been shared more than 16,000 times, Claire said: “It is with utter disbelief that I have to write to inform you that intruders broke into my house and stole Milo.

“The police are obviously involved and have not only car registration numbers but also CCTV images of them entering my home and leaving with Milo.

“They are concentrating their search in the East Ayrshire area, namely around Newmilns, with additional leads in the Peebles area.

“Please, please, please, if you know anything, please message me as I need to get this little boy back home where he belongs, not being passed from pillar to post to keep him in hiding.”

Claire added: “I am sure that the perpetrators were not aware they were on CCTV and would like to give them the opportunity to return Milo to a local police station before this gets seriously out of hand for everyone.

“Words cannot express my utter disgust at this callous act.”

Milo has black-and-white markings and part of one of his ears is missing.

He also has scars at the side of his mouth and on his tongue.

Inspector John McQuilter, who is based at Giffnock Police Station, confirmed an investigation into Milo’s disappearance is ongoing.

He told the Barrhead News: “We are still making enquiries into the theft of a dog from a farm in Newton Mearns.”

Anyone who has information relating to Milo’s disappearance is asked to call the police on 101.

Alternatively, details can be given in confidence to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.