Dog owners warned to check for white marks outside homes that put pets at risk

Dog owners warned to check for white marks outside homes that put pets at risk

January 22, 2021

Pet thieves are using a terrifying new technique to steal dogs and puppies.

Dog theft is currently more prevalent that ever and has risen by 250% in a single year.

It's thought this has been fuelled by an increasing demand for dogs during lockdown and the skyrocketing prices that followed.

The puppy theft epidemic has left many families devastated across the country – and it currently shows no signs of slowing down.

Many thieves snatching puppies from homes, gardens, and even from walks when they're out with their owners.

Some owners are now carrying personal alarms and even self defence sprays while out on walks to help protect themselves.

However, there is a horrifying new technique that many dog thieves are using.

This involved thieves tying ribbons or cables on gates, fences – or anything outside your home that's recognisable – to alert their accomplices that there is a dog inside the house.

Owners need to be vigilant to spot any kind of 'marking' outside their home.

Dog owners were warned a few months ago about chalk 'symbols' which seemed to be appearing outside people's properties. These are most commonly chalked onto their brickwork or on wooden fences.

One woman from Suffolk wrote on Facebook at the time: "Really unsettling to discover a white chalk mark on our back fence this evening.

"Please if you have dogs, check your property for these marks and don't let your dogs out in the garden alone at the moment. Not going to sleep tonight."

Another worried dog owner posted: "This is not a prank or wind up, this is going on and it's very serious.

"I have been targeted twice, it has now cost me £500 for CCTV. They don't only chalk, they use cable ties and they also come round and leave your gates open so when your dog runs out they steal it.

"They knock on your door to see if you want work done, that's how they know you have dogs. Please be very aware."

The RSPCA issued a warning last week after one criminal posed as one of their employees in order to try and steal a Golden Retriever puppy from the owner's home.

The owner received a knock on the door from the fraudster, claiming to be from the charity.

Thankfully, they were suspicious of the man and bolted their door.

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