Dog thief fear
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