Peo­ple urged to come for­ward

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

AN AN­I­MAL char­ity has said although it has not re­ceived re­ports about pets be­ing stolen in Bucks for dog fight­ing, it does not mean it is not hap­pen­ing.

The RSPCA is urg­ing peo­ple who has any in­for­ma­tion on pets be­ing stolen to be used as bait by dog fight­ing gangs to con­tact them.

Spokes­woman for the char­ity Sara Howlett said: “We to­tally un­der­stand the con­cerns of an­i­mal lovers in re­gards to this is­sue, how­ever while there are some­times re­ports of an­i­mals be­ing stolen for dog bait­ing this is not some­thing we have had any di­rect ev­i­dence of.

“We would how­ever urge any­one with con­cerns about an an­i­mals wel­fare to con­tact us on our Cru­elty and Ad­vice Line on 0300 123 4999.

“We would strongly urge pet own­ers to en­sure their an­i­mals are mi­cro-chipped and the de­tails on the log are kept up-to-date so that if in the sad event that If the worst does hap­pen, and a pet goes miss­ing, the RSPCA sug­gest the fol­low­ing steps should be taken as soon as pos­si­ble in or­der to have the best chance of be­ing re­united with their pets:

Check your home and lo­cal area thor­oughly

If the an­i­mal is def­i­nitely miss­ing, reg­is­ter them with a company such as Pet­slo­cated, Dogslost or the Na­tional Pets reg­is­ter

If you sus­pect your an­i­mal may have been stolen, please con­tact their pet goes miss­ing or is stolen then there is a the po­lice

Call your mi­crochip company so they can flag your pet as miss­ing

Call lo­cal RSPCA, and other an­i­mals wel­fare or­gan­i­sa­tions

Con­tact your lo­cal vets

Talk to neigh­bours, post­man, milk­man etc, as they may have seen the an­i­mal or ob­served some­thing sus­pi­cious at the time they went miss­ing

Put fly­ers on no­tice boards and through let­ter boxes. The RSPCA web­site in­cludes free print­able posters. higher chance they can be re­united.”

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