Police investigating the theft of two miniature Dachshunds are appealing for two vital witnesses to come forward.
Queenie and Roxy were stolen from a house near Knaresborough on 21 August 2012 and a number of appeals have been made to try and trace them.
In a key development in the search for dogs, on 18 September at around 9.30am, West Yorkshire Police received several calls 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 need anyone who has information about this latest sighting to make contact. If you are the woman in the red car or the driver of the blue Gold, or if you have possession of the dogs for what ever reason, please contact us as soon as possible.
"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."
Roxie is aged two and Queenie aged six. The both have smooth, black and tan fur. Queenie has been suffering from a severe slipped disc and needs daily medication to help contain this condition. Without her medication her back legs could collapse.
Anyone with any information is asked to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101, select option 2 and ask for Cheryl Power by name; or you can email Cheryl.firstname.lastname@example.org; or you can pass information anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
Both West Yorkshire Police and the Highways Agency attended the scene of the report of the abandoned dogs, but they could not be located.
4.22pm - 24 September 2012