Has your pet been stolen? Police finds 83 stolen dogs in single raid

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A large-scale police investigation into an appalling spate of dog thefts has found 83 lost and stolen pups on a single site in the Suffolk town of Ipswich.

By Natasha James

Published on the 23/03/2021, 18:00, Updated on the 23/06/2021, 16:01

Since the start of lockdown, pets have been in higher demand than ever before. More people are adopting dogs, more are buying dogs and fewer dogs are being given up for adoption.

Unfortunately, as dog popularity has risen so have the number of canine thefts. According to charity DogLost, pet thefts have risen by 170% since Covid began.

A shocking discovery

During a 10-hour police raid in the West Meadows area on the outskirts of Ipswich, officers were shocked to discover no fewer than 83 dogs of varying breeds, sizes and ages being held together. Every single one of the dogs is thought to have been stolen and police are now working with other forces across the UK in a bid to reunite all of the pups with their rightful owners.

Five people were arrested, three women and two men, and officers also found multiple covid breaches at the same site.

Holding pet thieves accountable

Following a petition signed by some 270,000 dog lovers, the government has announced that a specific pet theft taskforce will be formed in response to the rise in pet thefts in recent months.

We can only imagine the heartbreak and horror at having your pup stolen and we hope that the dogs are reunited with their rightful owners very soon.

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