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North Yorkshire Police say gangs are not stealing local dogs


6:00am 14th March 2013
(Updated 2:45pm 14th March 2013)

Police in North Yorkshire want to reassure residents that there are no gangs of dog thieves operating in the area and placing stickers on vehicles.


A local officer who was called by concerned residents, has enlisted the advice of a local tyre fitter to prove that marks left on vehicle tyres are not the work of dog-nappers.

Rumours have been circulating on social media sites that dog thieves have been placing stickers on vehicle tyres to mark the homes of dog owners, ready for them to go back and steal the dogs. This is not the case, say North Yorkshire Police.

The police say that the red and yellow dots seen on tyres are placed there by tyre manufacturers. The red dot denotes the heaviest part of the tyre and a yellow dot denotes the lightest, say North Yorkshire Police, who add that they are not the work of dog thieves.

North Yorkshire Police say dogs do get stolen under a variety of circumstances and owners should always be vigilant and follow basic security advice.

Advice for dog owners

  • Ensure your pet is microchipped - particularly useful if your dog runs off and gets lost
  • Don't leave dogs unattended in the street
  • Don't leave them alone in a car - particularly when the weather starts to warm up
  • Ensure your garden is secure and don't leave them alone for long periods of time
  • If you keep them outside, make sure your property and kennels are secure
  • Always keep them on a lead when walking near roads
  • Ensure your dog is fully trained to come back to you before you let it off the lead
  • Don't allow your pooch to run free near roads or in built up areas
  • Don't allow it to run free near farm animals
  • Don't let it become a nuisance or danger to other people or animals

North Yorkshire Police say that if you see any suspicious activity, vehicles or people - but not postings on social media - please call the police on 101, adding that if you see a crime in progress, always dial 999.

Stray dogs should be reported to your local council's dog warden.


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