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Suffolk Constabulary Advice Regarding Dog Thefts

You may be aware of the concerns by local residents recently regarding dog thefts in the local area. At our Anti-Social Behaviour Meeting last week we raised the concern regarding false information being shared on social media and amongst local communities. In response to us raising concerns, Suffolk police have released the following statement. It also includes the actual number of thefts that have taken place. Please share with local colleagues, residents and organisations to help this cause.

Suffolk Constabulary is conscious of dog owners naturally being concerned following four separate dog theft incidents. Owners should be reassured that enquiries are ongoing to locate the offenders. The loss of any pet can be devastating and we advise all owners to be vigilant and take extra care surrounding crime prevention measures. In particular, we would advise working dog owners and breeders to review security of any outdoor kennels.

It is also important you know the law and what to look out for when purchasing a pet and in particular a puppy. For more information please visit the RSPCA website.

These incidents are happening in daylight. If dog owners, breeders or kennel owners receive unexpected visitors that cause suspicion, officers would be grateful if descriptions, footage or images of the individuals and/or their vehicles could be reported.

Anyone with information, including on any previous incidents, is asked to contact police by calling 101 or by reporting online at http://www.suffolk.police.uk/contact…/existing-report-update

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers 100% anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via their online form: www.crimestoppers-uk.org.