A worried dog owner with a pooch “costing more than anything” in her home has taken to social media to warn fellow pet owners of potential canine thieves as mysterious stickers appeared outside homes in her area
A worried pet owner who found mysterious blue stickers outside her home has warned it may be thieves trying to snatch dogs from their loving owners.
The small stickers have been appearing outside homes with dogs in them in the Merseyside area, with many fearing it’s a way for ill-intentioned people to steal sometimes very expensive pooches.
Concerned dog owners have been sharing their own warnings on social media groups and urging dog owners across the UK to stay alert, WalesOnline reports.
One worried dog owner, who claims to have he found a blue sticker attached to her door, said: “Woke up to this on my door this morning.
“Never had anything like it before. I’ve obviously posted on the Crimewatch group only for head up to pet owners and to see if anyone has had similar.
“I’ve had a few sarcastic comments but as I’ve said I’m not usually one for all this but just find it a bit odd.”
The dog owner says the small blue sticker was ‘freshly stuck’ and believes the colour indicates she has male dogs.
She added: “Both my dogs are male, one being worth a lot of money. Just wanted to let people know here in case is something to be concerned about.”
Some tips include:
Make sure your dog is microchipped, and your details are up to date on the approved database.
Your dog should always wear a collar with your details on the tag when out and about.
Be careful with who you leave your dog with and who approaches your dog out on a walk.
If you let your dog off the lead, make sure you are confident in their recall abilities.
Secure your garden and any gates or entrance ways, both from people entering and your dog escaping.
Do not leave your dog unattended, for example, alone in a car or tied up outside a shop.
The woman has now installed CCTV cameras outside her property as a precautionary measure.
However, she is not the only one who has found a sticker outside their homes in recent days, as others have reported similar happenings in the Birkenhead area in particular.
She said: “I really just wanted to let people know before it’s too late. It’s disgusting how we have to live.
“Luckily I have a dog who wouldn’t let anyone a foot near the door but who’s saying he wouldn’t get poisoned or something?
“I know it’s far fetched but it happens and for what my new pups worth, it’s easy for them. This pup is worth more than everything in my home.”