Stolen Dachshunds Queenie and Roxy have been spotted abandoned on the A1 in the Knottingley area.
The two minature black and tan dogs were taken from a house near Knaresborough on August 21 and a number of appeals have been made to try and trace them.
At around 9.30am on September 18 West Yorkshire Police said several calls were received from members of the public reporting that two Dachshunds had been abandoned on the A1 motorway between junctions 41 and 42 in the Knottingley area.
The dogs were left by the occupants of a blue Volkswagen Golf which then left the scene, travelling onto the A63 towards Selby before turning off towards Tadcaster. Police would like to speak to the occupants of the car, or anyone who can help identify them.
Officers would also like to speak to a woman driving a red car who was seen to stop at the side of the road, it’s possible that she was attempting to get the dogs into her car.
PC Cheryl Power of Knaresborough police, said: “We believe this lady may have been trying to rescue the dogs or prevent them coming to any harm. We urge her to ring the police as soon as possible. The only information we have is that she was wearing a dark coloured knee length jacket and was driving a red car.
“I’m also appealing to the occupants of the blue Volkswagen Golf to contact us as they could have vital information which could help us trace Roxy and Queenie.
“Since we appealed for information about the dogs, we have had a fantastic response from members of the public, their support is really appreciated.
“We are also appealing to any vets or dog rescue centres anywhere in the country who have had any Dachshunds brought to them in the last week or so.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, or email firstname.lastname@example.org alternatively contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111