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Two Stolen Dogs Hit By Car
Two Lurchers have died after being stolen from the garden of a property in Winchburgh, West Lothian.
The dogs were taken alongside seven Shih Tzu puppies, which are 8 weeks old, between 7.30am and 6pm on Wednesday.
The Lurchers were hit by a Honda Civic at around 10.10pm on the B9020 near Tippet Knowe Road.
One of the dogs died on impact and the other was taken to a vet, where it was put down with the owner's permission.
PC John Jackson said: "At this time, we believe the Lurchers may have been left to roam and as a consequence their owners have very sadly lost their dogs.
"We are still appealing for anyone who may have information about the whereabouts of the seven Shih Tzu puppies to come forward, so we can reunite them with their mum and rightful owners.
"The Shih Tzu puppies are worth around £650 each and if you are offered a puppy matching this description, which seems disproportionately cheap and the mother is unavailable to view, please get in touch."
Anyone with information is asked to contact Police Scotland on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
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