Facebook post about ‘suspicious’ man with caged dogs goes viral

Thank you everyone who emailed DogLost with this report on FB…We look into every email sent to us…It some times takes a while to get to the bottom  of what most times are FB rumours…Thanks to our team…headed by CJ and our connections with police officers…We can report this is yet another one…We can only report when spoken to the relevent people.

From CJ…

‘After some research we can confirm that the person who bought these dogs is in fact a small private rescuer that for the past 10 years has worked along side travellers taking from them any unwanted dogs.
Bought from them with funds raised they are taken to vets and scanned – microchips they have had have been verified and history confirmed that they have been held by the same people for many years often since a puppy.
In the 10 years they have not yet discovered a stolen dog. All dogs once vet checked and ownership details confirmed are then re homed.
Now because of the media details going viral the trust between the rescuer and travellers has now been broken and possibly this work will now cease
The 3 dogs in the van going viral all had microchips. The brown cocker is not a stolen dog – neither are the other 2 in the van- police are totally aware of this as all has been reported to them by this rescuer.

I shall be putting out this message to stop people wasting time looking for these dogs as all are safe ready to be re homed

The van if not with correct tax or insurance is a police matter.


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    Polly 3 years ago

    That’s great they are/were working with the traveling community to rehome unwanted dogs. The fact that no stolen dogs is not really relevant tho as clearly they have the choice of which dogs they choose to rehome, any dogs stolen wouldn’t be handed over.

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    Lisa Ann West 3 years ago

    Tweeted and shared to Doglost Oxfordshire,
    Stolen and Missing Pets Alliance (where they will need to update their post)
    and https://www.facebook.com/Hot-Chocolate-Cocker…/ to put their mind at ease about this particular vehicle. x

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    Amanda Higham 3 years ago

    This post is very suspicious if dogs lost had any credibility they would contact the owners of Red Hot Chocolate Cocker and arrange for them to see the dog to put their minds at rest either way . Who are the vets involved ? Who is this so called ‘private rescuer ‘ and which police force has confirmed this ?
    If a p rescuer raises money to buy stolen dogs from travellers that is like doing a deal with the devil , as surely they would steal knowing there is a guaranteed buyer !
    Shame on you , your credibility is in tatters following this !

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    Mandy curry 3 years ago

    Why has dogs lost failed to reply to the owner Who believes their lost dog was on the crate ? You have an obligation to at least reach out personally to explain and tell them more. Shocking and not doing your reputations any good !!!!

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    Wayne may 3 years ago

    Afternoon all, i can confirm i have spoken to the person that purchased the spaniels pictured above, i have got the microchip details and have eliminated the chance of the chocolate cocker spaniel as being the stolen one.
    Due to the amount of publicity and harrassment the person has received, west mercia police have been informed directly and harrassment allegations have been made. By the accused.
    Now this is a police matter, under data protection laws and regulations we have to leave this in the hands of the police. As this is a current and ongoing police investigation.
    As far as the welfare of the dogs is concerned pictured they are doing great, they have been booked into a vets to receive a welfare check up and vaccinations.
    Lets hope we can now concentrate on finding the stolen spaniel and look for new information to reunite the original stolen cocker with there obviously distressed owner.

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      Barbara Young 3 years ago

      I’m sorry but there is something wrong here. A rescue centre does not buy dogs for rehoming. It will take dogs in for rehoming I know how the system works. I’ve not long adopted myself from Many Tears Animal Rescue. After forms are done home checks ect and only if you are suitable to adopt. If you know who has this dog why not let the people have a look for piece of mind you would if you thought it was your dog. Something is not right here and a lot of people are talking about this. Please do the right thing for this poor family. Many thanks Barbara.

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      Katrina Smith 3 years ago

      Can I ask if the information has come from the “rescuer”, have you taken her word for it? or has someone from Doglost scanned them independently?
      Also I don’t understand this bit ” Due to the amount of publicity and harrassment the person has received, west mercia police have been informed directly and harrassment allegations have been made. By the accused.” I don’t understand who that refers to, can that be made a clearer?. Thanks

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      Barbara Young 3 years ago

      Dog rescue centres do not buy dogs they take dogs in for rehoming. I know how the system works I have adopted myself. There is forms to be sent in home checks ect. Something not right here. What’s the problem with the people checking that it is not their dog for peace of mind you would if you thought it was your dog have some compassion.

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    Julie J 3 years ago

    I’ve been a volunteer for dogs lost for many years and I am rather disappointed by this post and the insensitive way this has been worded. You are an organisation that relies on all these people who keep an eye out for anything suspicious, a lost dog, an injured dog or possibly a stolen dog. Without these FB frenzies many a pet would not have been reunited so quickly. These kind caring people take precious time out of their busy lives to try and help others just as your organisation does and to berate them for trying to help is very disappointing. These viral posts are all that is between the pet getting home safe and the other prospects that are too awful to imagine. As for the travellers I’m sure that they are kind and sensible people and will appreciate that people are only trying to help after all and if everything is above board then no one has anything to be concerned over. Dogslost, you really have made a huge judgement error in your words here. I hope you appreciate just how many people you have alienated with these words.
    After all the key and most important thing here is the welfare of all the dogs and most importantly to get Red Hot Cocker home

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    jenny 3 years ago

    Thanks for clarifying that Wayne , lets hope the stolen Spaniel will get home soon

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    Claire Chevin 3 years ago

    Thank you for the clarification. Couldn’t this update also be posted on the various fb sites, as sadly people are not reading the Blog and still coming to the wrong conclusions and bringing Doglost into disrepute by their behaviour?

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      Jayne 3 years ago

      They are reading the blog! over 1,000 page views on this subject alone .

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        Barbara Young 3 years ago

        People are posting comments on here and not getting a reply.

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    Phebe Cooper 3 years ago

    Some of them are not reading the clarification. They are reading things at second hand on Facebook.

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    Ian 3 years ago

    Why are my comments not posted on here ?

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    AH 3 years ago

    Oh Phebe we are very clear about the utter bullshit we are reading ! But this won’t be posted either !

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    Karen Ell 3 years ago

    It’s very sad that the hoc choc owner wasn’t informed before this statement, it would have saved a lot of trouble as they are 100% convinced that this was their girl.

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    Poochpal 3 years ago

    I find it very strange that a member of the public who happens to be registered with DogLost can call themselves a “Volunteer” when they are blocked from so many of the DogLost Facebook groups for their counter productive posts and argumentative comments.
    I am sure the same people would be the first to complain if we broke Data Protection by giving out information.

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    Janet b 3 years ago

    I find it odd that people who apertain to be professionals deny someone the opportunity to gain access to a dog they feel could be theirs and release statements concerning this matter which are confusing and question the truthfulness of your organisation.

    I think that it would be nice to see you offering some truthfulness, clarity and professionalism over this matter today – which you have failed to do so far.

    I know you’ll delete this comment or probably not even post it as you remove all posts which don’t sing your praises.


    Take some responsibility today doglost !

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    Barbara Young 3 years ago

    Would someone please reply to my message.

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    Alison 3 years ago

    I have just enhanced a photo of the chocolate cocker that was in the cage and it appears to have a white flash on it’s chest. As far as I know the Hot Chocolate cocker doesn’t have that.

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    Claire Chevin 3 years ago

    Dare I say it that “they” will say it’s been dyed to make it not look like the same dog!

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      Katrina 3 years ago

      Dogs fur does get dyed, Claire and cut and shaved.

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    Gillian Kilroy 3 years ago

    How can they be sure the chips haven’t been removed or changed. Surely the owner of the chocolate lab should at the very least be given the opportunity to meet this dog and verify for himself whether it’s his or not? If I was in his position, I know I would want that chance.
    And surely any dogs,regardless of who has bought them,,or from has to report these dogs first to authorities before going round and selling them, and I mean to anyone!! It just doesn’t add up!!

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    Amanda 3 years ago

    It 100% doesn’t add up Gillian , well said

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    Jayne 3 years ago

    Its a Cocker spaniel not a chocolate lab.

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      Gillian Kilroy 3 years ago

      Yes sorry. Meant Spaniel.

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      Barbara Young 3 years ago

      I messaged you earlier no reply.

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    CJ 3 years ago

    The chip.in the dog in the van was scanned by a reliable source. The chip details are that this chip was implanted as a puppy in 2016 registered to the breeder who sold to the man who is now selling it.
    The only thing not correct is the sorn van he us driving in..a police matter.
    As said before that police have asked the identity if the lady is withheld while they are investigating the harassment charged.
    Let’s let police do their job and concentrate on helping owners with missing dogs.

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    Gillian Kilroy 3 years ago

    What about the other dogs though?

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    Susan 3 years ago

    Are the 3 dogs from the van that were purchased by the rescuer as you say ready for rehoming now? If they are, could the HCC owners not see the cocker spaniel? This would put their minds at rest and then everyone would be able to agree and have peace of mind that this dog is indeed not their dog as you say. If the dog is ready for rehoming then surely it would be easy enough to let them see first?

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    Jayne 3 years ago

    We have been told by the police we can now add a statement which will be on site shortly after I have actioned a few missing dogs that need to go on site and have alerts sent out.

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    Jayne 3 years ago

    Please read the new post entitled DogLost announcement.

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