Four dogs are missing after a professional walker's van was stolen in south London.

The van was taken outside a property in West Norwood as Denise Joest went inside to pick up another pet.

Missing terrier

Police are are unsure whether thieves were targeting the van or the animals.

Missing Cockerpoo

Denise Joest's boss Angela Norton said:

I don't care about the van, you can replace the van, you can't replace a member of someone's family. I have known them since they were puppies, I'm heartbroken for the owners and the dog walker involved is devastated.

Angela Norton
Missing Lurcher

One of the pets, a brown working Cocker Spaniel called Sprocket, was found by another walker dumped in Sydenham, but the other four are still missing.> Owners are searching for a black and white Lurcher, a Yorkshire Terrier, a black and white Cavapoo and a brown Cockerpoo.

Angela, who lives in Nunhead, south east London, added:

We got one dog back and took him to the vet, he's fine but a little bit more needy, which you would be if you were driven off in a van at great speed. But we have got four dogs still out there.

Angela Norton

Anna Bailey, 46, is the owner of Nina, a seven-year-old black lurcher who is one of the dogs missing, and thinks she was spotted in Nunhead cemetery this morning.>Anna, who recently moved to the area, said:

It's horrific, you just don't think someone is going to nick a van and then dump the dogs all over south London. It's just one of those random horrible things.

Anna Bailey

Anna adopted Nina, a 'nervous and jumpy' dog, from Battersea Dogs Home five years ago.

If you see her she's going to be running away from you, but she does love treats and cheese. With everybody out there looking and sharing on Facebook and Twitter, somebody will spot them, they will turn up, I feel really positive about that.

Anna Bailey

The Met Police is investigating.