Gardaí looking to reunite stolen dogs with owners

Garda seized ten stolen dogs in County Limerick on Saturday, August 1 and they are now looking to reunite themwith their owners.

The dogs were discovered after a search in Rathkeale, Limerick.

At 7pm on August 1, garda from Newcastle West District Drugs Unit, assisted by Rathkeale garda and Limerick City and County Councils Veterinary Services and Dog Wardens, executed a search warrant at a property in the Rathkeale area.

During the course of the search Garda found a large number of dogs on the property. Upon checking the dogs they had no dog licenses or proper identification papers. Ten dogs, Labradors, Springer Spaniels, English Setters, Cavalier King Charles and Huskies, were seized by garda and are currently being care for in a local shelter.

Through initial enquiries, garda have since reunited one of the dogs, a Cavalier King Charles, with its owner. The dog was stolen in the Dromcollogher area of Co Limerick on June 9, 2020.

During the course of the search garda also seized a small quantity of suspected cannabis herb. No arrests have been made but garda are following a definite line of enquiry and expect to progress the investigation in the near future.

Garda are now appealing to help reunite the other nine suspected stolen dogs with their owners. Photos have been posted on Garda social media channels.

Owners are asked to contact Newcastle West Garda Station via email to [email protected]

Speaking today, Crime Prevention Officer Sergeant Ber Leetch said: "We are advising everyone to take precautions for their dogs safety. For your dogs security, I would recommend they are microchipped so that they can be easily identified if found and returned to the owner. Remember if you have just purchased a dog to get the details on the chip updated to reflect your details. Also place contact details on their collar in the event that they escape. Ensure that your home and garden are secure to prevent theft and deter potential culprits.

"If you have a high value breed of animal you may wish to consider CCTV and other crime prevention measures. If you are buying a dog, or returning a dog to its suspected owners, make sure the person is bona fide.

"I would also like to thank Limerick City and County Councils Veterinary Services and Dog Wardens for their assistance during this operation and for helping house the dogs whilst we carry out our enquiries she added.