Photos of suspected stolen dogs released in bid to find owners

Suffolk police have released photos of 48 dogs, suspected to be stolen

Suffolk police have released photos of 48 dogs, suspected to be stolen - Credit: Suffolk police

Police have released photos of 48 dogs recovered during a raid at Ipswich's West Meadows travellers site — in a bid to reunite them with their owners.

The site, near Asda in Goddard Road, was raided on Saturday, March 20.

A total of 83 dogs of various breeds and ages were found after a large number of officers spent 10 hours at the site.

As yet, none of the animals have been reunited with their owners — with the lack of identifying features and information making it difficult to rehome the animals. 

Many of the dogs are suspected to have been stolen from outside Suffolk.

Suffolk police are asking people to get in touch if they think any of these dogs are theirs

Suffolk police are asking people to get in touch if they think any of these dogs are theirs - Credit: Suffolk police

The dogs not shown by police are either involved in ownership enquiries or are young puppies

The dogs not shown by police are either involved in ownership enquiries or are young puppies - Credit: Suffolk police

Suffolk Constabulary has now published images of 48 of the dogs in an effort to find their owners and is asking those who believe one of the dogs may be theirs to get in touch.

The remaining dogs not identified are either currently subject to ownership enquiries or are young puppies.

All of the seized dogs remain part of the ongoing investigation and at this time, none of the 83 dogs have been returned.

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Det Ch Insp Nicola Wallace, senior investigating officer for the operation, said: "We are keen to hear from anyone who believes any of the dogs in the images may be theirs.

"During the last few weeks, officers have been liaising with other police forces around the country, as well as conducting a number of other enquiries, in order to establish where the dogs may have originated from.”

the dogs were recovered after a raid of the West Meadow travellers site in Ipswich last month

the dogs were recovered after a raid of the West Meadow travellers site in Ipswich last month - Credit: Suffolk police

The dogs recovered after a 10 hour search of the West Meadow travellers site in March

The dogs recovered after a 10 hour search of the West Meadow travellers site in March - Credit: Suffolk police

Proof of ownership can include the following:

  • Veterinary/vaccination records clearly identifying the dogs.
  • Pictures of the dog with any distinctive markings/scars/distinguishing features. 
  • Any details of microchipping – however, please note, all these dogs either do not have microchips or have chips which may not be correctly registered. 
  • Other pictures of the dog(s) which prove ownership during the dog’s life. 
  • Any purchase details, including details of where the dog was purchased from and/or receipts.
  • Any records of reporting the dog(s) lost/stolen either to police or on other websites/charities. 
  • Some dogs are grouped into possible litter groups, but this is not necessarily the case.
If you think you're the owner of one of the dogs, you have until May 24 to come forward

If you think you're the owner of one of the dogs, you have until May 24 to come forward - Credit: Suffolk police

The dogs were recovered nearly a month ago from a traveller site

The dogs were recovered nearly a month ago from a traveller site - Credit: Suffolk police

Following the West Meadows raid, six people, three men and three women were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to steal.

Four of the six people — a man aged 34, a man now aged 39, a woman aged 41 and a woman aged 46 — have since had their bail date extended to Thursday, June 17.

None of the dogs have been reunited with their rightful owners yet

None of the dogs have been reunited with their rightful owners yet - Credit: Suffolk police

To prove your ownership, police require several methods of identification, including veterinarian records

To prove your ownership, police require several methods of identification, including veterinarian records - Credit: Suffolk police

The other two people have been released and will face no further action at this time.

All enquiries must be made via the email address opscout@suffolk.pnn.police.uk by May 24.

Officers are asking people to use the email address only and not to contact the constabulary’s Contact and Control Room on 999 or 101. 

Dog theft crime has soared during 2020 when lockdown prompted more people to take on a pet — a demand which drove up prices and enticed criminals to steal for breeding or selling.

Suffolk police are asking owners not to call 999 or 101, but to instead email opscout@suffolk.pnn.police.uk

Suffolk police are asking owners not to call 999 or 101, but to instead email opscout@suffolk.pnn.police.uk - Credit: Suffolk police

Six people were arrested in connection with the raid — two have now been released and will face no further action

Six people were arrested in connection with the raid — two have now been released and will face no further action - Credit: Suffolk police

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