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.


  1. Polly 1 year 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.

  2. Lisa Ann West 1 year 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

  3. Wayne may 1 year 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.

  4. jenny 1 year ago

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

  5. Claire Chevin 1 year 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?

    1. Jayne
      Jayne 1 year ago

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

  6. Phebe Cooper 1 year ago

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

  7. Poochpal 1 year 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.

  8. Alison 1 year 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.

  9. Claire Chevin 1 year ago

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

  10. Gillian Kilroy 1 year 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!!

  11. Jayne
    Jayne 1 year ago

    Its a Cocker spaniel not a chocolate lab.

    1. Gillian Kilroy 1 year ago

      Yes sorry. Meant Spaniel.

  12. CJ 1 year 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.

  13. Gillian Kilroy 1 year ago

    What about the other dogs though?

  14. Jayne
    Jayne 1 year 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.

  15. Jayne
    Jayne 1 year ago

    Please read the new post entitled DogLost announcement.

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