Gardaí in Togher have managed to reunite a dog found in the Lee Fields yesterday with his owner.
In a social media post published earlier this morning, Gardaí paid tribute to the charity organisation, Munster Lost and Found Pet Helpline for assisting them.
"This little fella was found in the Lee Fields yesterday and spent the day with us in Togher Station.
"With the help of Munster Lost and Found Pet Helpline he has been reunited with his owner," Gardaí wrote.
Founded in 2005, Munster Lost and Found Pet Helpline seeks to reunite lost pets with their owners through their helpline and database of lost and found pets in Munster.
The helpline provides practical advice to all pet owners, as well as those who have lost or found a pet and are unsure of what to do.
Gardaí have also issued advice to the public to limit the chances of dogs being stolen, following a recent spate of thefts.
•Ensuring dogs are microchipped. Gardaí say some owners may wish to also have their dog tattooed. Dogs should always wear a collar and tag stating your telephone number but not the dog's name.
•Keeping clear, recent photographs of your dog from several angles including any unusual markings or scars.
•Making sure you train your dog to return when you call and not to go out of sight while on walks.
•Always calling your dog back if you are approached on a walk, as criminals will often try to distract an owner while their partner lures the dog away. If your dog doesn't have a reliable recall then you must keep him/her on a long line or an extending lead.
•Ensuring that you secure all gates and fencing to prevent thieves from entering. Lock the gate from the inside and secure with a padlock or install an alarm that alerts you if the gate is opened.
•Never leaving your dog alone outside shops. Dogs can be stolen from cars so try not to leave your dog unattended.