A DOG owner has offered a reward after his 'soulmate' was taken from a farm in Oxfordshire.

Martyn Crowden’s cocker spaniel Dougal has gone missing from near Finmere Quarry, near Bicester.

The 47-year-old, who has been lodging near a farm while working in the area, said he was stolen on Wednesday.

When he returned from working, leaving the dog for a couple of hours outside his bungalow, Dougal and his lead had both gone.

He said: “I wouldn’t have classed this an area people would take dogs – there are million pound houses here.

“I wouldn’t have expected it all, there’s a private road going down to the farm as well – he’s usually always by my side but I was only gone a couple of hours.”

He added: “He sleeps in the same room as me, we do everything together, he’s my soulmate.

“The frightening thing for me is that somebody might hurt him.”

The builder also posted an emotional message on Facebook calling for information and Dougal’s safe return.

He said: “Throughout my years I’ve felt hurt and heartache or so I thought

“Yesterday someone stole my best mate – now I know what heartache feels like.

“I hope the person who took him reads this. You didn’t just take my dog you took my heart along with him.”

Mr Crowden has offered a £1,000 reward for information on Dougal's whereabouts.