Police officers have moved to reassure ‘anxious’ pet owners that they have not seen a spike in dog thefts in recent weeks.
Social media reports suggest there have been an increase in dognappings across Cheshire – including Crewe – but police say they have not been reported.
Officers are now asking families to make sure crimes are reported so they know if there has been issues with domestic dog theft.
They fear the social media ‘rumours’ could cause some families to feel ‘anxious’ about taking their four-legged friends into more remote areas for walks.
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A Cheshire Police Rural Crime Team spokesman said: “We’re seeing a number of people posting on social media their concerns re people attempting to steal domestic dogs in places across Cheshire.
“What’s on social media isn’t what is currently being reported to the police though and so I’d ask that people do report what they have witnessed at the earliest opportunity. There maybe some duplication going on and it’s key to establish who exactly and what exactly has been seen.
“People understandly are very passionate about their dogs and its causing quite a bit of anxiety for those of you who may be taking your pets out for walks in remote areas of the county.
“The RCT are not leading the investigation, as this type of crime would fall to the local policing teams that do also police rural areas. This is due to the dogs being domestic pets.
“We are though, very much aware of the information that has been reported to the police and will help tackle the concerns, stop any linked vehicles and deal with any suspects, just as we would with any other crime or incident.”