A MUM has said she will be "forever in debt" to her hero dog who savaged two men after they attempted to abduct her daughter.

Molly, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, chased down the evil abductors after they grabbed the two-year-old in the street.

But the sickos were stopped in their tracks after the pooch sunk her teeth into one of the men's legs amid horror scenes in Ringwood, Hampshire.

Taking to Facebook, mum Rowena Leighton shared a picture of the gorgeous brindle Staffy thanking her for the extraordinary bravery which some say warrants a medal.

She wrote: "I will forever be in your debt Moles, today you made me proud, you protected our baby."

The nightmare incident took place between 10.40am and 10.50am on Wednesday May 11.


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Hampshire Police told how the mum and her daughter were approached by two men in the street who "showed an interest" in the Staffy.

But in every parents worst nightmare, one of the men then snatched the child and sprinted with her towards a nearby housing estate.

Molly is understood to have then hunted down the man who then dropped the child after being bitten, Police said.

They added: "The young girl, and her mother, are being supported by specialist officers who are at this early stage trying to ascertain the exact circumstances of what happened."

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Cops said the incident was an "attempted kidnapping."

The story prompted users on Facebook to celebrate the astonishing bravery showed by the "super star doggie".

One user commented: "Loyal to the end good girl molly you deserve a medal."

Another said: "This dog needs a medal, and steak, and a bone."

A third agreed the good girl needed honouring, adding: "Sending so much love to you all right now, what a horrific experience!

"Molly needs a medal, what a superstar she is!"

A fourth wrote: "She really is such a hero!"

Police have now launched an urgent hunt for the two depraved individuals responsible.

They are described as white, in their late 30s, and both around 5ft7ins tall.

Both wore caps, while one had light blue jeans and the other dark jeans.

Since the incident, mum Rowenna explained how crime scene investigators had visited her to swab the pooch's muzzle for DNA evidence of the men.

She added: "The police are doing all they can to catch the b*******."

The mum also pleaded for people in the community to "keep your eyes peeled for suspicious activity and people".

Thankfully all three are "safe and okay", the mum added.


Detective Inspector Janine Bradley told the Southern Daily Echo: "We fully appreciate that this incident will have a significant impact on the community, and we want to reassure the public that we are taking this report very seriously.

"Our officers are carrying out extensive inquiries in the local area – including house-to-house visits, scoping CCTV, and there will be high-visibility patrols in the area to reassure the community."

She went on: "If you see our officers and have information pertaining to this incident, please speak with them.

"This occurred in a residential area, during broad daylight, and we would implore anyone who may have seen or heard what happened to come forward.

"Perhaps you are aware of someone who has today suffered a dog bite to their leg?

"Any information, no matter how small or insignificant you believe it to be, could really help aid our ongoing investigation and identify those responsible."

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She added: "Likewise, we would like to ask local residents to review any CCTV or doorbell camera footage that they may have which may have captured the moments leading up to, during or after the incident, to make contact with us."

Anyone with information is asked to call Hampshire Police on 101, quoting ID 44220185316 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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