Dog owners targetted
KASEY Vella is one of the latest Whitsunday residents to be targeted by what is either a dog-napping ring or an elaborate hoax.
On Saturday, October 20, Ms Vella found a green tag on the fence of her Jubilee Pocket home.
She had previously seen posts on social media about coloured ropes and ribbons, placed on resident’s fences, garbage bins and letter boxes, to indicate whether there was a dog at the home considered to be worth stealing.
Ms Vella owns a King Charles Spaniel, a breed she says is sometimes used as bait to encourage pigging or fighting dogs to become aggressive.
Officer in charge of the Whitsunday Police Station, acting sergeant Nathan Blain, said if dogs were being stolen they hadn’t been reported to police.
“We’ve had no reports of dogs being stolen in the Whitsunday division in recent weeks, however, people should be vigilant,” he said.
Meanwhile, Proserpine police acting sergeant Mark Flynn confirmed reports of at least three “tagging” incidents from within the Proserpine area, which officers from his station were investigating.
"[These are] incidents where residents have located various materials - in two cases ribbons and in one case a rope outside their property," he said.
Act Sgt Flynn said in all three cases, the residents owned dogs and alerted police after seeing the warnings on social media about a possible dog-napping ring.
He said while the posts on Facebook could be a hoax by someone wanting to scare people, police were taking the matter seriously and investigating.
However, he said dog stealing wasn't a very common crime in Proserpine.
Anyone who finds ribbons, ropes or tags outside their home is advised to contact police.
TAGGED: Jubilee Pocket resident Kasey Vella found this green tag on her fence on Saturday and was immediately concerned for the safety of her dog, having seen posts on social media about a possible dognapping ring.