A Labradoodle puppy has been stolen at knifepoint while his owner was walking him in Cornwall.
Waffle, who is six months old, was taken at about 7am on Monday morning in St Austell.
Devon and Cornwall Police said a man approached the owner and threatened her with what she believed was a knife while in the Belmont Road area of the town.
A police spokesman said the suspect is described as being around 5ft 8in tall, was wearing a black, hooded top and scarf and spoke with a foreign accent.
Police Sergeant Steve White added: "The family of Waffle are very distraught and upset at the callous theft of their pet dog.
"Myself and all of the officers at the police station dealing with this crime also feel very sad for the family over what is a cruel and mean-spirited crime, especially during the Christmas period.
"I am sure that someone, somewhere knows of a friend, relative or neighbour that has suddenly come into possession of a dog that may be Waffle.
"Please contact us if you have any suspicions, as Waffle should be with his real family this Christmas."
Anyone with information should call police on 101, or email firstname.lastname@example.org, quoting log number 0116 231219.