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The truth about the 'spike' in dog theft

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Dog owners should avoid tying up their pets outside when they go into shops

Dog owners should avoid tying up their pets outside when they go into shops

Dog owners should avoid tying up their pets outside when they go into shops

A lady was walking near her home, with her Dachshund on a lead beside her. A young man rushed up behind her, grabbed the leash, and tried to pull the dog away from her. It was only because she was so determined that he wasn't able to take the animal, and he ran off empty handed.

This summer, there seem to have been many shocking stories about dogs being stolen in Ireland. Social media has been the source of many of these tales, and many owners are now understandably anxious about the security of their own pets. And there is no doubt that there is an ongoing risk of pets being stolen.

Criminals recognise that pets have two values: first, a monetary value. A pedigree puppy can be sold for €1000 or more: as much as an expensive mobile phone. So if a thief is able to sell on a dog that they have stolen, they may be able to make a handy bit of cash.