Locals warned to keep watch for dog thieves

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DOG owners are being warned to keep a close eye on the beloved pets with reports of dog thieves targeting homes.

Health and Community Safety Committee chairperson Cr Andrew Antoniolli said some residents noted suspicious markings on fences, bins and letterboxes with spray paint, coloured stickers and in some cases ribbon after their dogs had been taken.

"In two recent cases, Daisy a purebred british bulldog was stolen from her backyard in Augustine Heights and only days later a neighbour's purebred staffordshire was also stolen," he said.

"Both cases involved suspicious paint markings on the front fence line and rubbish bin.

"Similar suspicious activity had also been reported in Brisbane and Logan and according to the RSPCA has been linked with illegal dog fighting rings as well as individuals looking to profit from the sale of certain breeds."

Cr Antoniolli said he was concerned by the recent increase in missing dogs, particularly staffordshire and mastiff breeds, and believed it could be suspicious.

He urged residents to call Crimestoppers on 1300 333 000 if they notice any suspicious activity.



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