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Police stop mass dog-napping thanks to tip-off

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Police officers foiled a mass dog-napping after receiving a tip-off about a man filling his van with puppies. Reports suggest he was trying to steal as many as 40 pups!

By Ashley Murphy

Published on the 25/08/2020, 18:00, Updated on the 08/02/2021, 13:25

Officers follow the lead

A member of the public called police after spotting the man near Charlton Kings, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Officers then tracked the vehicle before pulling it over on the M6 motorway.

They searched the van and found two wire cages stuffed with up to 40 puppies. The pups were a mix of Beagle and Border Collie miniature breeds. Each one is worth thousands of pounds.

Police arrested the man, 24, on suspicion of theft. The details of the case are still unknown, although West Mercia Police issued the following statement:

"Police were called to Beeches Road in Charlton Kings on Saturday following reports that a man was seen to have been loading a number of puppies into a van."

"Officers conducted enquiries into the vehicle before liaising with colleagues at West Mercia Police who located and stopped the van on the M6 before detaining the man."

The statement also confirmed that the pups were safe and sound at a local RSPCA centre. They'll now undergo medical assessments before moving onto rehoming shelters. 

Police are still investigating

Detective Constable Dave Wise tweeted a picture of the pups:

The suspected puppy thief was questioned and later released from police custody; investigations are still ongoing.

See also: Officers stop van at customs and get shock of their lives when they look inside


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