Dog owners told to be extra vigilant after a rare Dalmatian is snatched from a family home. The owners of the dog believe thieves used a drone to scout the property.
By, 9 Dec 2019
In a quiet Leicestershire village Chloe Hopkins was playing with her dog Lottie in the back garden of her home. As well as being the family pet, Lottie, a rare liver and white Dalmatian, also plays the part of therapy dog for Lottie, of whom autism was diagnosed.
On December 1st Chloe's mother Gemma spotted a drone flying directly above the back garden, but she thought nothing of it. That night thieves entered through a side door in the fence of the garden and broke into the kitchen of the house where Lottie was sleeping.
The three-year-old dog was taken and has not been seen since.
Writes The Telegraph, Chloe has taken the loss of Lottie hard and has cried herself to sleep every night since the dog was stolen.
“Chloe and Lottie are inseparable,” said Mrs Hopkins. “She helps Chloe calm down - she's her best friend. She helps Chloe get through every day because she's got her best friend to come home to.”
Police are warning dog owners, especially owners of expensive or rare breeds, that to see a drone overflying the house may be evidence of criminal intent. Owners are advised to make good their garden perimeters and ensure locks and bolts on doors and windows are secure.
Wayne May, a police liaison officer at DogLost told The Telegraph, “We at DogLost actually employ drones and drone users and they aid us in recovering dogs.
“It's also been known for criminals to commit crimes using drones to help burgle homes.”
However Mr May also errs on the side of caution before reporting a drone sighting. With an increasing number of people owning drones it is no longer unusual to see a drone flying overhead.
That being said, if a home owner considers a drone to be a nuisance or witnesses it flying directly over their property they are entitled to report the matter to the police.
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