Dognappers steal Ukrainian refugee sausage dog puppy from worker's car

Dognappers steal Ukrainian refugee puppy from Great Ormond Street Hospital worker’s car before pet is found with broken nose and skull leaving heartbroken owner with £3,000 vet bill

  • A sausage dog puppy saved from Ukraine was stolen and hurt by thugs in Essex
  • Brandy, an eight-month-old dachshund, was rescued from Lviv, western Ukraine
  • Yet Jolanta Marczyk, 23, who saved Brandy, faces a £3,000 vet bill to care for her
  • The Great Ormond Street worker said she was left ‘devastated’ by the ordeal

A sausage dog puppy saved from the clutches of war in Ukraine and taken to safety in Britain was stolen by a couple of thugs in Essex and left severely injured.

Jolanta Marczyk, 23, a Polish administrative worker at Great Ormond Street Hospital, drove 1,200 miles from Grays, Essex, to Lviv in western Ukraine, to rescue Brandy, an eight-month-old dachshund.

Yet just two days after returning to Grays, the puppy was stolen from her car. 

Brandy managed to escape but was left with multiple skull fractures and a broken nose that will cost £3,000 for vets to scan and mend.  

Brandy (pictured), an eight-month-old sausage dog, was rescued from Lviv in Ukraine only to be stolen and injured in Essex

The poor dog received a broken nose and multiple skull fractures after escaping from two thieves

Two men, one in a pink shirt and bucket hat, snatched the puppy from the car of a Great Ormond Street worker in Grays, Essex


The dog could be heard yelping as the thieves made their getaway along the middle of a road

Jolanta Marczyk, 23, (pictured) a Polish administrative worker at Great Ormond Street Hospital, drove 1,200 miles from Grays, Essex, to Lviv in western Ukraine, to rescue Brandy

It is thought she may have received the injuries from being hit by a car after she escaped the thieves. 

Essex Police said they were hunting the thieves and appealed for witnesses or anyone with dash cam footage.

The moment two yobs took the poor dog was caught on camera. A man in a white shirt and another in a pink shirt wearing a white bucket hat with a bag across his shoulder appeared to grab the puppy through the car’s window.

Brandy (pictured after she found her way home) was injured after the attack and now struggles to breathe properly

The bills to scan her injuries and mend them will cost around £3,000 for Jolanta, the woman that saved Brandy from the war in Ukraine

The dog can be heard yelping as the two thieves run away.  

Jolanta said: ‘I’m absolutely devastated and just praying Brandy pulls through.

‘What sort of people do this?’ 

Jolanta had been visiting her mother in Krakow, Poland, and rescued Brandy from family friends she knew in Lviv.

‘I knew the family in Lviv as I had rescued another dog from them last year,’ she said.

‘This was different. The owners were desperately worried about the war and knew Brandy would be safe with me if I rescued her.

‘Of course I agreed. They are a large family and obviously extremely concerned about what’s happening to their country.’

Jolanta said: ‘I’m absolutely devastated and just praying Brandy pulls through. What sort of people do this?’

Jolanta’s friend Aneta Wasilewska saw what happened and set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for the vet bills. It has so far raised more than £3,700 and Jolanta thanked people for their ‘fantastic’ support and donations

Jolanta travelled more than 1,200 miles to rescue sausage dog Brandy from Ukraine ahead of alleged war criminal Vladimir Putin’s invasion of the country

Jolanta’s friend Aneta Wasilewska saw what happened and set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for the vet bills.

It has so far raised more than £3,700 and Jolanta thanked people for their ‘fantastic’ support and donations. 

Meanwhile, Aneta said: ‘I witnessed something I didn’t want to believe at first it has actually happened.

‘Two very horrible people broke onto the car and took her away. 

‘We all tried to look for her that night but there was no sign of either the dog or the people who took her.

She said Brandy ‘can’t properly breathe’ because of her injuries but said she hoped the dog would make it through.  

‘In my eyes she is a fighter,’ Aneta added.

An Essex Police spokesperson said it was investigating the theft, which had been reported to them shortly after 6.20pm on March 24, and asked anyone that saw the incident or has doorbell dash cam footage to get in touch.

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