A Dundalk pet shop owner has refuted reports nationally that a spate of dog rustling across the country has impacted in the locality.
Harry O’Donoghue, proprietor at The Pet Store, Bridge Street, and member of the Executive Council of the Irish Kennel Club, was responding to claims made in the Irish Independent last week that a number of pedigree dogs have been reported missing in Dundalk.
“There isn’t any evidence that an epidemic of stealing pedigree dogs exists, neither locally, or in Dublin,” said Mr O’Donoghue.
He pointed out that pet shop owners would be among the first people to become aware of dogs having gone missing, and that was not the case in Dundalk.
“We would always advise pet owners to be vigilant, but the reality is that the pedigree is worth no more than a mongrel unless the pedigree is transferred to its future owner with all the proper paperwork.”
He concluded that from “time to time” there may be reports of dogs going missing, but nothing on a large scale was evident at present.
Gardai advise that pet owners whose animals have gone missing should report the matter to their local station.