Police warning over Ribble Valley dog thefts

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A spate of incidents of missing dogs has prompted the police to highlight the issue to Ribble Valley pet owners and team up with the RSPCA to offer micro-chipping at a subsidised fee.

After The Clitheroe Advertiser and Times brought the issue to the attention of the police, they issued an update on the Ribble Valley police Facebook page, stating that over the past few weeks, there have been a number of family pets reported lost or stolen and in all of the instances, the missing dogs were Jack Russells.

After the update, the social networking site received 705 “likes” and over 50,000 views and therefore the police have decided to further help people to protect their dogs by working in conjunction with the RSPCA. On Thursday, August 22nd, between 5 and 7 pm, dog owners are invited to take their pets to Clitheroe Police Station to have them micro-chipped at the subsidised fee of £10.

Over the past few weeks, a number of much-loved family pets have simply vanished from their homes, all under similar circumstances.

A Jack Russell and a Staffordshire Bull Terrier went missing from their Stonyhurst home on July 19th. They were returned unharmed at 4 am nine days later. A day later, Summer, a tri-colored Jack Russell went missing from Yew Tree Farm in Bolton-by-Bowland (see story top right) and later in the week in Hellifield another Jack Russell bitch went missing from a farm, but has since been returned after extensive advertising of a large reward.

Sgt Craig Jarrett of Clitheroe Police commented: “We need to remind dog owners to ensure their whereabouts are monitored at all times and to leave their properties properly secure and locked when leaving their dogs at home.

“Anyone with any information can contact Clitheroe police by calling 101 and we would be grateful if owners could share this information amongst themselves.”