PSNI appeal over Border Collie theft and reassure pet lovers amid reports of organised stealing across NI

Amidst widespread reports of dog thefts across NI, police are appealing for information about the theft of a dog in Dromore, Co Down.

Thursday, 16th July 2020, 12:56 pm
The dog which was stolen was a Border Collie

Amidst widespread reports of dog thefts across NI, police are appealing for information about the theft of a dog in Dromore, Co Down.

The Border Collie was stolen from an enclosure on the Killysorrel Road, Dromore, Co Down in the early hours of Wednesday July 15. A police spokesman said it was taken sometime between 2am and 9am.

Police are asking anyone with information about the theft to contact officers in Lurgan on 101 quoting reference number 317 15/07/20. Information can also be given anonymously through the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

The News Letter put it to the PSNI that reports are circulating on social media of widespread organised dog thefts, and reports that thieves are using drones to mark out houses and are prepared to cut through hedges and wire fences to steal animals.

The PSNI responded that it is aware of rumours circulating on social media about attempted dog thefts right across Northern Ireland. However it said there was no evidence of any other dogs being stolen over the past two months.

A spokesperson said: “While police have received a number of reports of potential thefts, our enquiries have confirmed that no dogs have been stolen over the last two months.

“This should provide some reassurance to pet owners.

“If you have concerns about suspicious activity in your area, local Crime Prevention Officers are available to provide advice and can be contacted on the non-emergency number 101. You can also submit a report online using our non-emergency reporting form via http://www.psni.police.uk/makeareport/.