We recently urged dog owners to be vigilant after the theft of a number of spaniels in South Molton. It is not exactly on the doorstep but it is only really the other side of Barnstaple. The good news is that two dogs have been located. However, it shows how quickly stolen dogs can be shipped off to other areas.
Two of the Cocker Spaniels were passed to a National Dog Charity based in Northumberland. Their electronic chips were scanned and their owners contacted.
Three pedigree Cocker Spaniels remain outstanding. The first dog is a small female seven-year-old black Devonshire Faith spaniel, the second dog is an 18-month-old black Hillside Harriet female with a white bib, and the third dog is a gold Badgeberry Troufseau Hope spaniel.
The incident happened at the kennels on The Square in North Molton on Friday 15 December between 9am and 5pm. It is believed that a person or persons unknown entered the kennels and took the dogs. CR/108644/17.
The second incident occurred at a residential property in Oakford Close in North Molton on Friday 15 December between 7pm and 9pm. A Cocker Spaniel called Ivy was taken from the rear garden from her kennel. Ivy was located deceased at Bommertown Cross at approximately 8am the following morning. CR/108728/17.
Sgt Ian Rowe said: “We still have three dogs outstanding and these need to be located. All of the owners concerned are aware.
“Enquiries are ongoing to locate those involved, these incidents have happened in a close rural community and we are mindful of the worry and distress this has caused.
“We have dedicated a lot of effort into following up a large amount of information that has come in regarding this.
“The circumstances of how the dogs went missing from the North Molton area are different to the South Molton occurrence, but we remain open minded to the possibility they were taken by the same person(s).
“We would urge anyone who knows anything to get in touch with police immediately. We are also advising dog owners to be vigilant, especially those with Cocker Spaniel breeds.
“Please make sure dogs kept are safe and secure. If you have dogs that are not electronically chipped, please consider getting it done.
“Also, having a collar with a contact number can mean someone finding an abandoned dog can trace the owner directly.
“You can contact the police by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 101 quoting CR/108644/17.
“Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, or via the charity’s website at www.crimestoppers-org.uk.”