Police stop mass dog-napping thanks to tip-off
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!
Published on the 25/08/2020, 18:00
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.
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.
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