LONDON (Reuters) - Everton's Dutch midfielder Andy van der Meyde appealed for the return of his pet puppy on Tuesday after it was stolen during a burglary at his home in northwest England.
Thieves broke into the Premier League player's home in Bebington, Wirral, on Saturday and stole the pedigree dog, Mac, along with a Ferrari and a Mini Cooper.
Burglars broke in through a back door while Van der Meyde was playing a testimonial match against Spain's Athletic Bilbao at Everton's Goodison Park, police said.
"Obviously I want my stuff back, but I want Mac back more than anything. He is just a puppy," Van der Meyde, 26, told the Liverpool Echo newspaper. "I would be prepared to pay a reward to anybody who gets him back for me."
Mac is a pedigree Dogue de Bordeaux, a French breed of guard dog popularised in the Tom Hanks film "Turner and Hooch".
A Merseyside Police spokesman said the two cars have been found, but the dog is still missing.
Everton fined Van der Meyde last week after he was taken to hospital suffering breathing difficulties following a night out in Liverpool.
Police said they had been asked to investigate claims his drink had been spiked in a bar.
The former Ajax Amsterdam player joined Everton from Inter Milan last August for what media reports said was 2 million pounds.
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