Rise in puppy theft ‘deeply concerning’ – Paul Donnelly TD

paul donn profileSinn Féin TD for Dublin West, Paul Donnelly has warned of a rise in puppy thefts in the Dublin 15 area during the lockdown.

 

Teachta Donnelly said;

 

An Garda Síochána have informed me that a large number of dogs and puppies have been reported as stolen in Dublin West since the lockdown began.

 

“Animal welfare groups have warned that many people have decided to get a new puppy or dog while they are at home during the Covid-19 pandemic. As a result, the prices being charged for pets have soared. Thieves have taken advantage of the situation and begun stealing peoples’ pets to sell on to unsuspecting people at huge cost.

 

“I am deeply concerned that puppies are being perceived as ‘lucrative’ by opportunistic and heartless thieves, who callously sell them on to make money without giving any thought to the impact of their actions.

 

“Pet theft is a heart-breaking and cruel crime, which can cause huge distress for owners as well as harm to the animals.

 

“I am urging people to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity to the Gardaí.

 

“If you own a puppy, please consider having it micro-chipped and also consider whether it can be vulnerable to theft if left alone in an unsecured area at your home.

 

“If you are buying a puppy, please be careful to ensure you are dealing with a legitimate seller.”

 

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