Stolen dog found as police warn owners to remain diligent

By The Post  
Friday 17th December 2021 12:00 pm
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Stolen dog Fern pictured with Warwickshire Police Team after she was rescued ()

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POLICE are warning dog owners to remain vigilant following a recent dog theft in Holsworthy.

Police recently circulated an appeal in relation to the theft of a working border collie dog from the Thornbury area of Holsworthy but they are pleased to announce the dog has been located and recovered. 

Fern was stolen from her home in Thornbury overnight between Monday, December 6, and Tuesday, December 7.

Devon and Cornwall Police contacted the Warwickshire Rural Crime Team after information came to light that she might possibly be in the South Warwickshire area.

A Warwickshire Rural Crime Team spokesperson said: “Criminals might not realise just how connected all the Rural Crime Teams are across the country. We regularly share information on offenders that are know to travel the length of the county to commit crime.”

A Warwickshire Police specialist Dog Legislation Officer and several members of the RCT attended an address in Southam. The spokesperson said: “The Safer Neighbourhood Team for Southam Southam Police were invaluable to our investigation and provide some brilliant actionable intelligence.”

Eventually a male opened the door and spoke with officers. A border collie was retrieved from the house to check.

The spokesperson continued: “We utilised our pet chip scanners to confirm it was Fern and quickly seized her from the male.

“Four males at the address are now “assisting” with our enquiries.

“Fern is as exceptional working collie who was responsible for keeping 800 sheep🐑 in order. The theft not only impacted the farmers ability to control their flock, but the worry of losing a four legged family member must have been awful.

“This result is a great early Christmas present for the team and really shows what’s possible with borderless policing.”

Even though these incidents are infrequent, police are asking the public to ensure they have appropriate security systems in place.

A Devon and Cornwall Police spokesperson confirmed: “We are pleased to update that as a result of diligent enquiries by the local policing team the dog has been located and recovered. Enquiries are continuing in relation to this incident.

“Although incidents such as this are infrequent it prompts us to reflect on dog theft prevention. We should ensure that appropriate security is present on buildings and gardens and that dogs are microchipped with up to date contact details and a tag. Recent photos that include unique markings and characteristics can assist in theft appeals and identification.”


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