Roscommon county councillor John Keogh is urging the public in his local area of Monksland and environs to be wary of reports of pet theft, particularly if they find any suspicious markings on their property, which may be used as a signal that a particular property is home to a valuable pet.
Speaking earlier this week, Crime Prevention Officer Sergeant Ber Leetch of an Garda Síochána said:
“As we are hearing a lot about dog theft, it can make dog owners feel unsafe and worried about their beloved pets – so we would advise you take extra precautions for their safety. For your dog’s security, I would recommend they are microchipped so that they can be easily identified if found and returned to the owner. Also place contact details on their collar in the event that they escape. Ensure that your home and garden are secure to prevent theft and deter potential culprits.
“If you have a high value breed of animal you may wish to consider CCTV and other crime prevention measures. If you are buying a dog, or returning a dog to its suspected owners, make sure the person is bona fide” she added.
Gardaí are following a definite line of enquiry and expect to progress the investigation in the very near future”.
Corina Fitzsimons of Dogs Trust Ireland said that lockdown in Ireland brought about an unprecedented demand for dogs.
“This is why it is imperative that you see the dog’s microchipping certificate before buying a dog. We recommend to anybody thinking of getting a dog or puppy to visit here for advice and if you have your heart set on a buying a puppy, to visit PetBond.ie where breeders have been checked and verified by a team of vets.”