Teen with cerebral palsy makes video appeal for return of stolen dog

Archie and Molly.

A teenager with cerebral palsy has made an emotional video appeal for the return of her “best friend” — a cocker spaniel called Archie.

Seven-year-old Archie was taken in the early hours of Friday from his kennel at a farm in Barden, near Leyburn.

The dog belongs to the Birch family.

14-year-old Molly Birch has been left heartbroken at the theft of the dog, who she helped to train.

She has made an emotional video appeal urging whoever took him to bring him back.

The appeal has been shared hundreds of times on social media.

Molly said in the appeal: “Somebody stole Archie and he will be very frightened and I am very frightened too.

“He grew up with me since he was a puppy.

“I want him back home with me.”


The thieves used a footpath signpost to smash their way into his kennel.

A spokesperson for North Yorkshire Police said: “Entry was forced into an outbuilding and the suspects left with the much-loved dog at sometime between 1am and 6am on Friday.

“As well as appealing for possible sightings of Archie, we’re also asking for any information about suspicious vehicles or people in the area in the days leading up to the burglary and on the day itself.

“If you can help us to bring Archie home, please email james.bowie@northyorkshire.police.uk or call 101, select option 2, and ask for James Bowie.”

If you wish to remain anonymous, you can pass information to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Please quote reference number 12220059137 when providing details.



  1. Dear Molly
    I really hope you get Archie back soon, I can’t begin to imagine how upsetting this is for you.
    Lots of love

  2. How cruel stealing Archie from this little girl and his loving home.i hope that he will be found and returned back home soon .

  3. The person or people who stole her dog have definitely crawled out from under a stone. Your mother or mother’s must be really disgusted and sick to the stomach to have brought up a lowlife such as you.
    Give her the dog back, if you don’t I hope you have a long and painful death.

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