Dog thief fear

Ayrshire Post - - Front Page - ABI SMILLIE

Con­cerns have been raised fol­low­ing fears a dog thief is on the prowl in Ayr.

Alarmed res­i­dents in the Bel­mont area are keep­ing an ex­tra watch­ful eye on their pooches fol­low­ing re­ports of sus­pi­cious in­di­vid­u­als lurk­ing around wait­ing to snap up beloved pets.

Con­cerns have been raised fol­low­ing fears a dog- nap­per is on the prowl.

Alarmed res­i­dents in the Bel­mont area are keep­ing their gates locked and an ex­tra watch­ful eye on their pooches fol­low­ing re­ports of sus­pi­cious in­di­vid­u­als lurk­ing around wait­ing to snap up beloved pets.

Linda Mckenna took to Face­book to warn neigh­bours af­ter she found a stranger on her prop­erty last Thurs­day ap­proach­ing her stun­ning white coated pup.

She said: “I caught a guy in our drive­way click­ing his fin­gers and whistling to Max – our gor­geous Ger­man Shep­herd.

“Thank God I had went out to bring in the bin or I would never have known and Max could have been away.

“He said that he was only want­ing to talk to Max as he re­minded him of his old dog and that he wasn’t try­ing to steal him.

“But next thing he ran up to the street to­wards Mead­ow­park and jumped into the pas­sen­ger seat of a dark blue van which sped away like the clap­pers.

“So please be aware of strangers hang­ing around in the Bel­mont area.”

A wor­ried neigh­bour added: “I think it’s quite scary that there are peo­ple out there who are go­ing out their way to steal other peo­ple’s dogs.

“I have two Labradors and they are so friendly to ev­ery­one they meet and there’s the chance that there’s that one per­son or group of peo­ple that could snatch them away.

“You wouldn’t think some­one would be so cruel to steal a dog in this day and age.

“I couldn’t imag­ine the heart­break if my pups were pinched un­der my nose.”

Po­lice warned res­i­dents to re­main vig­i­lant and re­port any­thing sus­pi­cious.

A po­lice spokesman said: “Po­lice have not re­cieved any re­ports in re­la­tion to these in­ci­dents but would ask that ev­ery­one con­sid­ers their prop­erty safety over the fes­tive pe­riod.

“Keep all doors and win­dows locked, make full use of and en­sure house alarms are switched on and keep valu­ables out of sight of win­dows.

“Res­i­dents should re­main vig­i­lant over Christmas to keep their prop­erty safe.

“If they see any­thing sus­pi­cious or re­quire po­lice as­sis­tance al­ways con­tact us via 999 in an emer­gency.”

Paw- fect pooch Max’s owner warns neigh­bours to watch out

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