A puppy stolen from a house near Bridgwater has been found dead.

Police are appealing for witnesses following a burglary in which thieves also stole a puppy.

The puppy, a 10-month-old Cavapoochon called Maisy, was taken from a house in Othery, near Bridgwater, between 9.30am and 11am on Wednesday, March 24.

It was later found dead by a member of the public on Beer Drove, off the A372.

PC Claire Allan said: “This is an extremely upsetting case for all pet owners and I’d like to reassure people we’re working closely with the RSPCA to identify those responsible.

“House to house enquiries have been carried out and we’ll also be reviewing CCTV from the local area as part of our inquiry.

“Were you in the area around the time of the incident?

"Did you see anything suspicious?

“If you have any information which could help us please contact us on 101 giving the call handler reference 5221063875.”