People urged to come forward
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.”