Dog thefts rife in Bolton as criminals make money out of rocketing value of pets
DOG thefts are rife in Bolton as criminals target beloved pets to make money from sales as their values have rocketed since the start of the pandemic.
The crime is devastating families across the UK with crooks entering homes and gardens to steal their animals.
And the problem has affected an increasing number of households in the borough.
North west area co-ordinator for rescue charity DogLost, Shelley Page, who is based in Radcliffe, said: “People are pulling up at the side of houses and going into gardens and taking dogs.
This might happen when owners are just letting them go into the garden for a wee.
“I think people are being watched and houses are being broken into.
“Dogs left in cars are being stolen too.
“Criminals are making lots of money out of this as the value of dogs have gone up so much since the pandemic, they can costs thousands.
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