POLICE are investigating after sneaky thieves stole a high value gun dog while its owner was just metres away.

The dog - a German short-haired Pointer - was in scrubland near its owner at around 7.20am on December 6 in the parking area at the start of the old Wagon Road in Cawthorne.

The female owner was putting her other dogs in the car when she spotted a white Transit-style van speeding away - and no sign of her dog.

The dog is micro-chipped and is liver and white in colour, and is a national champion gundog.

A police spokesman said: "The owners of the dog are extremely upset, and have gone to every possible measure to locate her."

Anyone with information should contact 101 quoting incident number 227 of 6 December 2012.