Derbyshire Police issue advice to help pet owners prevent dog thefts after spate of attacks

Officers in Derbyshire have urged pet owners to remain cautious of suspicious individuals in an attempt to prevent further dog thefts across the county.

Monday, 1st March 2021, 1:58 pm
Updated Monday, 1st March 2021, 2:02 pm

Derbyshire Constabulary have issued new advice to people with dogs to help keep them safe and protect them from being stolen, after a number of dogs were taken from their homes last month.

Last week, officers in Hasland, Holmebrook and Walton said they received reports that two dog owners had found various blue ribbon and parcel tape tied to bushes on their front gardens.

While no dogs have been stolen in the area, residents are encouraged to remain vigilant, take reasonable precautions and contact the force if they see anything suspicious.

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Two stolen dachshunds have been found by police after eight dogs were taken from a property near Swadlincote last month.

It comes after a second stolen dachshund was found safe and reunited with his owners on February 24, after eight dogs were previously taken from a property in Burton Road, Acresford, near Swadlincote, sometime between 11.30 m and midnight on February 10.

The pedigree dog was found in Northamptonshire and taken to a vet for a check-up, while police continue to search to find the remaining six miniature wire-haired dachshunds.

To minimise the chance of pet owners becoming a victim of theft, police have told residents to ensure their dog is micro-chipped and registered with up to date contact information and is also wearing a collar and dog tag with their surname rather than the dog’s name.

A dog should not be left unattended in the garden, in the car or outside shops and owners should take plenty of clear photographs of their pet, especially of any distinctive markings.

Residents are warned not to not give details of their pets, their location or favourite walking spots on social media and make sure their security settings are set to ‘friends’ only.

While walking, dog owners should also always know where their animal is and be mindful of anyone trying to distract your attention from your pet.

Pet owners are again urged to not leave dogs in outside kennels if possible, but if there is no other alternative the kennels should be fitted with an alarm as officers said ‘experience tells us padlocks alone will not stop thieves’.

To prevent break ins, all gates to be locked top and bottom with a shoot bolt, padlock and a bell or gate alarm.

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