A heartbroken little lad has penned his own ''wanted'' poster after his family pet was ''snatched from his dad's work van by thieves.''

Ralph - a Boston Terrier - went missing on Wednesday morning from outside a house on Fairfield Avenue in Bredbury, Stockport.

His owner Stacey Donaldson says the family has been left devastated by the theft of the four-year-old pooch, especially her young son.

"He's absolutely heartbroken," she said.

"He was up all night crying. He slept in our bed because he didn't want to be on his own - Ralph usually sleeps in his room, Camron has a bunk bed and he sleeps on the top and Ralph in the bottom."

On Thursday morning, Camron, seven, made a heart-wrenching 'wanted' poster for Ralph.

As well as a drawing of Ralph, Camron drew also himself in the background crying.

It read: "He is cute and fluffy and is very gorgeous. He knew us as much as we knew him.

"We miss him so much, we just want him home."

On Thursday morning, Camron, seven, made a heart-wrenching 'wanted' poster for Ralph. Credit: MEN Media

Stacey, 32, from Hyde, shared the drawing on a Facebook group set up to help find Ralph - who is on medication for a life-threatening illness.

She says she and partner Craig Andrews, along with family, friends and volunteers, have also been handing out flyers, as well as checking any nearby CCTV.

The couple are now offering a £1,000 reward for information that leads to Ralph's safe return.

"We've had Ralph since he was a puppy," she added.

"He's quite an anxious dog, he doesn't like being on his own so he always goes to work with Craig.

"Craig has a gardening business, and he'd just arrived at a job on Fairfield Avenue at around 11am.

"He was unloading the van - it was shut but not locked - it's a really small road off a cul-de-sac and it's really quiet, you hardly ever seen anyone down there.

"He was gone a matter of minutes, and when he came back Ralph was gone."

The family have had the dog since it was a pup. Credit: MEN Media

Stacey and Craig have been checking CCTV, and believe that the dog may have been taken by someone in a white Vauxhaul Combo van which drove onto the road around the time - 11am - before suddenly driving off again.The family is now appealing for anyone in the area to check CCTV for the van - which is said to have two black roof rails.

A spokesman for GMP confirmed it was aware of the incident and that enquiries were ongoing.