Dog theft warning: Police issue alert after suspicious chalk marks seen outside properties

Gloucestershire Police issued a warning to dog owners after the latest pet was snatched. A Rottweiler was reported to have been stolen from a property in Drybrook in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The incident is the latest in a series of dog thefts in Gloucestershire.

Chalk marks were discovered at houses with dogs in Hardwicke earlier this month as two men were seen acting suspiciously in the area.

On August 13, a Labrador cross was pinched from a property in Brookthrope.

Two days later an English Pointer was grabbed from a home in Longney.

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Dog owners have been warned by police to be vigilant following a spate of thefts (Image: GETTY)
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Gloucestershire Police issued a warning to dog owners after the latest pet was snatched (Image: GETTY)

An attempt to take a second dog from the address was unsuccessful.

And on August 18, a Collie and her six puppies were taken from a house in Brockworth.

In a Twitter post on Sunday, Gloucestershire Police said: “We’re warning dog owners to continue keeping a close eye on their pets following another report of a theft in Drybrook in the early hours today.

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In response to the spike in dogs thefts, the force has shared advice with owners on keeping their pet safe (Image: GETTY)

“Chalk marks have been seen at properties in Gloucester.”

In response to the spike in dogs thefts, the force has shared advice with owners on keeping their pet safe.

Dogs should wear an ID tag at all times with their owner’s surname, mobile number and address.

Properties should have secure gates with bolts at the top and bottom, a padlock and alarm.

It is not recommended to leave dogs unattended in the garden.

Pets should not be tied outside shops or left alone in a car.

Owners can help avoid dog theft on walks by changing the time they go and the location.

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It is not recommended to leave dogs unattended in the garden (Image: GETTY)
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Owners can help avoid dog theft on walks by changing the time they go and the location (Image: GETTY)

Pets should be microchipped so they can be returned if they are found.

Owners are advised to take photos of their dog and to make a note of distinguishing markings.

Anyone with information about the latest theft in Drybrook is asked to contact Gloucestershire Constabulary on 101, quoting incident 120 of 30 August.

It comes as a petition calling for tougher sentences for pet theft has gathered more than 140,000 signatures. 

You can view the original article (by The Daily Express) here.

4 Comments

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    Viv charrett 4 weeks ago

    Can we see what the chalk marks look like?

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    nickyb 4 weeks ago

    when chalk marks appeared on gates locally the idea it was the work of thieves was ridiculed…………. clearly now the doubters will accept it is the work of thieves

  3. Jayne
    Jayne 4 weeks ago

    To play devils advocate on this…Council utility workers also use chalk marks…the 5 circles used to represent wealthy ( thanks for the link Will) also is used to indicate that a manhole is difficult to open or in some councils it means a fire hydrant….Thoughts welcome on this.

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