Gardai in Newcastle West, Co. Limerick along with Limerick Animal Welfare are urging people to be extra vigilant after the theft of 14 dogs from a kennels at the rear of a house in Dromcollogher.
Some time around 12 midday on Tuesday, June 9 a black car was spotted leaving a house in Tullig, Dromcollogher. It was later reported that 14 dogs,including a mix of Bichon Frise , Cavalier King Charles, Jack Russell and Cavachon, had been stolen from kennels at the back of the house.
The owners of these dogs are said to be heartbroken as some of these dogs, they have owned for many years. A number of the other dogs were already sold and were waiting to be collected by their new owners over the next few weeks.
Reports of similar abduction attempts have been reported in the Kilfinnane and surrounding areas of Limerick.Limerick Animal Welfare are advising dog owners throughout the midwest region to supervise your dogs when outdoors at all times and do not leave them unattended.
Gardaí in Newcastle West are appealing for information from the public and are asking anyone who may have seen this black car, particularly road users with dashcam footage, to contact Gardaí.
Gardaí are also urging anyone who may have been offered these dogs for sale to contact Gardaí in Newcastlewest on 069 20650. Alternatively, it is advised to contact the Garda Confidential Line on 1800-666-111 or your nearest Garda Station if you spot anything suspicious, which may lead to the recovery of these dogs.
Barkingmad.ie would like to take this opportunity to advise all dog owners to be extra vigilant, always keep your dog on a leash when out walking and to ensure that your dog is in a fully secured area at home. Always report anything suspicious to your local Garda station.