A brazen teenager was caught on CCTV scaling her neighbour’s fence to steal a cocker spaniel puppy she claimed was not being looked after properly by its owner.
Shannagh Cookson is seen staking out James Daniel’s property in the incriminating footage, before she grabs three-month-old Penny in her portable kennel.
The 19-year-old admitted stealing the cocker spaniel, who belonged to the taxi driver’s eight-year-old daughter, as the video was shown to Manchester magistrates.
During the noon raid on September 30, Cookson appeared to check the coast was clear before invading Mr Daniel's property, grabbing the dog carrier and jumping back over the five foot high fence.
Cookson (pictured above) was urged to give the dog back but refused and has now been given a fine
She then appears to talk to Penny before running off with the carrier with the dog still inside it.
Despite being caught red handed, the teenager has since refused to return the dog, leaving Mr Daniel's daughter 'extremely upset'.
The father-of-two, 49, who works as a taxi driver bought Penny for £600 and discovered the theft when he arrived home from a trip to the supermarket.
Another cocker spaniel he owns called Molly watched the theft but was not targeted and was found running around in the victim's garden.
Cookson is seen above picking up the portable dog carrier with Penny inside and walking away with it
Cookson claimed she gave Penny the dog (pictured above) away to a friend because she thought the pup was being mistreated
Dog thefts in the UK have risen for the fourth year in a row, with pets being stolen at a rate of around five a day.
Cases of 'dognapping' increased by 4 per cent last year to 1,959, compared with 1,879 in 2017, police figures show.
Fashionable flat-faced breeds made popular by celebrity owners are increasingly targeted as they can be sold for high prices.
French bulldogs were the fourth most stolen dog, Hugh Jackman is pictured above with his dog
Thefts of pugs, have soared by 500 per cent in a year.
They went from 11th most stolen breed in 2017 – four cases – to fifth most stolen last year at 24.
This is while French bulldogs, owned by celebrities including Hugh Jackman, were the fourth most stolen breed, with 51 cases last year against 45 in 2017.
In 2017 there were 20 Cocker Spaniel thefts, and in 2018 there were just 18.
Only 17 per cent of stolen dogs are returned to their owners, according to police figures obtained by Direct Line Insurance.
College student Cookson, from Bradford, east Manchester was later quizzed by police but she claimed she had given Penny away to a friend as she believed the dog was being 'ill-treated.'
Penny has not been recovered despite Mr Daniel making repeated appeals to Cookson's mother and father who live next door to him.
The CCTV was played at Manchester Magistrates Court, where Cookson admitted theft and was ordered to pay £600 compensation after refusing to disclose Penny's whereabouts.
After the case Mr Daniel, condemned the teenager's behaviour as 'shameless, wicked and cruel' and added: 'This incident has caused me and my children a lot of distress and now the lie that Shannagh is spreading about the dog being ill-treated is simply adding insult to injury.
'I spent a lot of money on Penny that I had worked hard for. I bought her for my daughter and I'm so angry that a person who I know just took something that isn't hers.
'It's just so heartless, shameless and cruel how she brazenly jumped over my garden fence and stole my daughter's puppy dog. The most troubling and annoying thing is that, this shameless rogue has stubbornly refused to tell police where she kept the dog or who she sold it to.'
He added that Molly is Penny's 'bosom friend and partner' and that she hadn't