Police have confirmed that the dog owner, who was discovered deceased during a police investigation into the theft of his labradoodle, had been lying there for several days. The individual, identified as Donald ‘Prentice’ Patience, aged 45, was found at his residence after burglars broke in and took his cherished pet, Layla. Ian Gary Connell, a 39-year-old from Bolton, has been charged in connection with the incident and is set to appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court. Two other men, aged 27 and 41, have been released on bail while further inquiries are conducted.
The exact cause of Mr. Patience’s death remains unknown, prompting an ongoing investigation. The incident unfolded when a man took the labradoodle to a nearby dog grooming business, alerting the police. The individual was apprehended, and the dog was retrieved by authorities. The labradoodle, a breed that can fetch prices ranging from £700 to £1,500, is now under the care of Greater Manchester Police.
Previous reports highlighted that Mr. Patience had experienced a break-in months prior to the tragic event, where his possessions were stolen from his Radcliffe, Manchester home. A note written by Mr. Patience to his neighbors detailed the incident and expressed his hope for information regarding the theft. However, despite police investigations, no suspect was identified at that time.
As the investigation continues, Detective Chief Inspector Rachel Smith assured the local community that the incident appears to be a targeted attack. Mr. Patience’s family and ex-wife, Kirsty, have expressed their grief and paid tribute to him as a beloved son, brother, father, and individual. Authorities urge anyone with information about the incident or Mr. Patience to come forward.