Dog theft story with a happy ending 02/02/21
The following message and advice is being circulated nationally due to its relevance for all dog owners. It relates to Skye the Cocker Spaniel, who was stolen from rear garden kennels at Fordoun, Laurencekirk, Aberdeenshire, in November 2020.
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Following enquiries, officers searched an address in Brechin on Sunday 24 January, 2021 and Skye was recovered safe and well, and returned to her owner.
A 25-year-old man was arrested and charged, and a report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal.
It is strongly suspected that Skye was taken for breeding purposes due to the rising cost of puppies.
Inspector Allen Shaw, Stonehaven Community Policing Team, said: “We know the massive emotional impact that any dog theft has on their owners and we are delighted to have been able to return Skye safely. We will always robustly pursue all lines of enquiry to return any property to its rightful owner I would like to thank all members of the public who assisted us throughout this investigation."
Constable Mike Urquhart, from the Crime Prevention team, added: “Most housebreakings are carried out by opportunist thieves – so you can remove that opportunity by keeping your home and possessions safe. Lock the door, even if you're only out for a short time, and lock your windows too.
"There are a number of additional steps you can also take, as thieves are put off by visible security alarms and carefully directed security lighting. There are some excellent Wi-Fi enabled security systems available, which can send live alerts back to your mobile device if any movement is detected - effectively creating an electronic ring around your property. These can also be used to protect outbuildings and kennels.”
Please click here for Dogs Trust leaflet on keeping your pet safe