Police warn dog walkers not to carry weapons after attempted pet theft in Pickering

Dog-owners are being urged not to carry weapons in the wake of an attempted pet theft near Pickering.

Tuesday, 9th March 2021, 3:31 pm
Updated Tuesday, 9th March 2021, 3:34 pm

Officers say they want to stress the incident, on Pluntrain Dale Lane last week, seems to be isolated and pleaded with people not to engage with social media speculation.

“We want to reassure members of the public that the incident which occurred near Pickering last week appears to have been an isolated one, and dog thefts in North Yorkshire are very rare" said a spokesperson for North Yorkshire Police.

"We understand that news of thefts can be worrying for dog owners, but please be reassured that North Yorkshire is not suffering from a spate of dog thefts and remains one of the safest places to live in England.

Dog walkers brave the rain in Scarborough's North Bay.

"Please try not to engage in social media speculation about these incidents as information can often be skewed and if you wish to report a crime or any suspicious activity, please call the police.

"We are aware of social media comments regarding carrying weapons whilst dog walking and would remind communities that you must not carry weapons on our streets. Not only do you run the risk of seriously injuring yourself or others but it is against the law.”

As reported by The Scarborough News, a dog owner suffered minor injuries after a man tried to snatch their pet.

Police have issued this advice for owners to help protect their dogs:

Ensure your pet is microchipped – if your dog runs off and it is found, you can be easily traced as its owner. If your dog is stolen, when it is taken to the vets, they will discover that the dog is chipped and you will be identified as its rightful owner.

Don’t leave dogs unattended in the street, however small and friendly the community.

Don’t leave your dog alone in a car – particularly when the weather starts to warm up.

Don’t overshare on social media, ensure your privacy settings are secure and don’t share details about your home address or regular walking routes.

Ensure your garden is secure and don’t leave them alone for long periods of time.

If you keep them outside, make sure your property and kennels are secure.

Always keep them on a lead when walking near roads.

Ensure your dog is fully trained to come back to you before you let it off the lead.

Don’t allow your dog to run free near farm animals – police regularly deal with reports of livestock being killed or seriously injured as a result of dog attacks in North Yorkshire and it is vital that owners keep their pets under control at all times.