THE increase in dog thefts in Bolton and across the country is a major concern as criminals prey on owners’ beloved pets.
North west volunteer police liaison officer for charity DogLost, Claire Gresty, from Bolton, said the number of reported thefts have risen rapidly in the last year.
After the lockdown was introduced in March 2020, the values of dogs rocketed and criminals have targeted them by stealing the animals and selling them online.
Some dogs have been kept in poor conditions and others have been used for breeding.
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