Are crooks targeting our dogs?
IS ORGANISED dog theft happening in our region?
Authorities were reluctant to confirm it yesterday, but the owner of one dog that went missing over Christmas is in no doubt that her silver shar pei, worth $2500, was stolen and did not simply wander off and get lost.
It's already a big problem in places like the UK. And getting bigger.
Organised dog thieves there are breaking into homes and threatening people with knives in order to steal their pets. The animals are then held to ransom in some cases, or used in dog fights or to breed.
Warnings of "tagging" of Gympie properties where certain dogs live - supposedly by "scouts" for the thieves - are regularly posted on Facebook.
The loss of a beloved pet can be devastating, especially for kids, but crooks rarely consider the impact their actions have on people. The best option for the public is to report any suspicious behaviour to Crimestoppers on 1800333000 or the RSPCA on 34269999.