James Cosens, a 29-year-old pub landlord from Llanelli, Wales, was walking his dog Rosie through a nearby nature reserve when two men threatened the pair.
One of the men picked up Border Collie Rose and said: "I am taking your dog. If you try to take her back, I will stab you."
James wasn't an easy target
But it didn't end well for the dognappers. Because when he isn't minding the pub or taking care of Rosie, James is a keen amateur boxer. So James used his experience in the ring to fight off the attackers.
James spoke to the local police, and officers are now investigating. Police released a statement describing one attacker as a 6ft tall male in his 40s, wearing a dark blue puffer jacket. The other man was around 5ft 6in tall and in his early 20s.
Incidents like this are extremely rare. However, there has been a worrying rise in dognapping cases during the lockdown. Some criminals have even disguised themselves as RSPCA officers to trick owners into handing over pets.
Harsher punishments for pet thieves
Dr Jane Tyson of the RSPCA has reminded the public that RSPCA personel will "always wear an identity badge and branded uniform." She's also advising owners never to leave dogs unattended and to secure front and back gardens.
And MPs are considering making pet theft a specific offence that carries a custodial sentence.
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