CCTV footage shows the moment a teenage girl scales a neighbour's fence to steal his young daughter's pet puppy during a brazen broad daylight "dog-napping".
Shannagh Cookson, 19, was filmed snatching three-month-old Cocker Spaniel Penny as the animal was sat in a portable kennel in James Daniel's back garden.
During the noon raid, Cookson appeared to check the coast was clear before invading Mr Daniel's property, grabbing the dog carrier and jumping back over the fence.
She then appears to talk to Penny before running off with the carrier with the dog still inside it.
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Dad-of-two Mr Daniel, 49, who bought Penny for his eight-year-old daughter for £600 discovered the theft when he arrived home from a trip to the supermarket.
Another Cocker Spaniel he owned, called Molly, watched the theft take place and was found running around in the victim's garden.
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 mum and dad 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.
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After the case, Mr Daniel, a taxi driver, 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.
“I looked at the footage and saw the woman jump over my fence and pick up the kennel with Penny inside."
"It's just so heartless, shameless and cruel how she brazenly jumped over my garden fence and stole my daughter's puppy dog."
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Mr Daniel also claimed his other dog, Molly, has not been the same since the other pooch was taken.
"Molly is Penny's bosom friend and partner and I'm sure she's not recovered from the shock of watching Penny being snatched," he said.
He added: "My daughter loves her dog and is really, really upset she's been taken away. I keep on saying 'don't worry we will find her' and she says: 'Daddy please, try your best.’”
In mitigation for Cookson, defence lawyer Stephen Connor told the court: "She has been open with me because she was that alarmed about the health of those dogs – the CCTV actually shows her on her phone trying to get through to the RSPCA but was being kept waiting."
He added: “The dog was given to a friend, the defendant is adamant that she hasn't received any financial gain – you are dealing with a 19-year-old lady who had never even troubled the courts."
On top of the £600 compensation, Cookson was also ordered to complete a 12-month community order and 150 hours unpaid work and was told to pay costs of £85.
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