Gardaí in Kilkenny recover a dog stolen in Cork last March

Gardaí in Kilkenny recover a dog stolen in Cork last March
A dog, stolen from his owner in Cork last months was recovered in Kilkenny by Gardaí. Picture credit: Garda Facebook page.

Gardaí in Mullinavat, Co Kilkenny have recovered a dog that was stolen in Cork last March. 

The dog in question, whose name is Pop, was reunited with her owners after months of being apart.  

Gardaí say they were "delighted to reunite Pop with her owners who were thrilled to have her home". 

They added that a suspect in the case has been identified and investigations are ongoing.

The incident follows a slew of recent dog thefts from all over the country.

"Unfortunately, dog theft is a growing problem that applies to all owners. 

"Certain types of dog are more attractive to thieves but all owners should take care, as different criminals will target different types of dog," Gardaí stated.

"There are certain things that all owners should do to limit the chances of dog theft, which may occur while on a walk or from your own garden," they added.

A dog, stolen from his owner in Cork last months was recovered in Kilkenny by Gardaí. Picture credit: Garda Facebook page.
A dog, stolen from his owner in Cork last months was recovered in Kilkenny by Gardaí. Picture credit: Garda Facebook page.

Gardaí have advised the public to take preventative action by:

•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.

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