A NEWPORT family is pleading for the return of their stolen French bulldog so she can feed her 12-day-old puppies.

Steven Reynolds said he was left horrified at the theft of his two-year-old dog Lola, on Monday evening.

“We were only in the lounge with our two dogs left in the garden, like we normally do,” he said.

“Then, around 9pm, when the puppies started crying we called the dogs in. Our husky came but Lola did not.

“They must have taken her by grabbing her by the gate because the other parts of our garden are surrounded with a six-foot fence.”

The 44-year-old, who owns Slipping Jimmy’s bar on High Street, Newport, said Lola recently had five puppies, “who desperately need their mum”.

“Sadly, French bulldogs can go for thousands of pounds and I think that’s why she was stolen,” said Mr Reynolds.

“She’s got five 12-day-old puppies and most of them are so young they’re refusing to eat.

“They could die if they’re not re-united with their mum.”

He added: “She is spayed. Please get in touch with the police with information. We want her home.”

Mr Reynold’s wife, Suzanne, 45, added: “I’m absolutely devastated because she’s part of our family.”

A spokeswoman from Gwent Police confirmed the force had received a report of the missing dog.

“Lola is light tan and has recently had a litter of puppies,” she added.

“Officers are investigating and if anyone has any information about this theft, please call 101 quoting log 655 3/7/17.”