PCSO Jude Parr, of the Pembrokeshire Rural Crime Team, said: “People have reported dogs as going missing, some of them have been quite odd circumstances.”
Shockingly, an attempt to steal a whippet in south Pembrokeshire was made while the owners were actually at home.
“We had a call south of the county last week where they actually had their dog, a male leaning over a gate had got a choker lead which he noosed the dog.”
Fortunately, that attempt failed, thanks to the quick-thinking owners and a well-trained dog.
“They [the owners] did a whistle and the dog, which was highly trained, got loose and the male ran off; that has raised concerns again that there is a market for dogs.
“They were in their own property and at home; how quick did that happen?
“If they are that brazen, we need to raise concerns.”Could it possibly be that they are from a demographic which knows only too well that they are untouchable?