Online rumours about fake animal control officers scouring Auckland suburbs to ‘steal dogs’ are completely unfounded, the council says. The rumours began several weeks ago on a number of Facebook pages due to concern over a person impersonating an animal control officer in the Waikato. The police are aware of this case. Pictures of genuine Animal Management staff and vehicles have been posted on social media sites, claiming that they are imposters. Contact the council on 301 0101.