Dog thief ring broken up as police rescue 27 pets including eight puppies

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Police investigating a series of dog thefts in Essex arrested a 54-year-old woman and two teenage boys and rescued the 27 animals found at their address.

Officers, supported by the RSPCA, said 19 adult dogs and eight puppies were seized from the address in Dunmow, Essex, on April 1.

The rescued animals included spaniels, terriers, lurchers, a French bulldog and a Rottweiler. The litter of pups are believed to be between six and 10 weeks old and may have been born at the property.

Essex Police are currently in the process of identifying the dogs to establish whether they are stolen and, if they are, to identify their owners to return them.

The woman and boys aged 14 and 16 were arrested on suspicion of theft and animal cruelty.

They have since been released under investigation.

Uttlesford Community Policing Team's PC Glenn Braden told MailOnline: "We know the devastation the loss of a much-loved pet can cause and we take reports of thefts seriously.

"We have been carrying out extensive enquiries into recent reports of thefts and this warrant comes as part of that."

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He went on: "We are now working to identify the dogs we found at this address and, if stolen, identify their owner so we can return them.

"If you have any information about the theft of a dog then we need you to contact us."

Anyone with information about dog theft or who thinks one of the seized dogs may be theirs is asked to call Essex Police on 101, quoting incident 136 of April 1.

Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

  • Animals
  • Dogs
  • Crime

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