Singer Lily Allen has paid a £500 "ransom" to get her beloved dog Maggie May back.

Speaking to the Mirror, the singer says that her English bull terrier was stolen from the back of a van last week while she was out with her walker. After recently getting the dog back, and paying £500 for it, she realised that her dog was taken by professional dog-nappers.

"We got a call from a man in Leytonstone in East London. He said he had Maggie and had bought her as a present for his sister," she told the newspaper.

"He said he didn't really want to give her back but was persuaded by the reward. Some friends went to meet him a couple of hours later to see if it was Maggie. Luckily it was.

"They were asked to follow the man and his two mates in a car for a few minutes away from the main road. They did this, handed over the cash and got Maggie back."

It was after the man offered to sell them more DOGS that they realised that the men were "in the business of moving dogs".

The pop star has reported the ordeal to the RSPCA and the police, and investigations into the matter are continuing.

05/01/2007 07:53:35