Detectives are urging the public to be on the lookout for a family of cocker spaniels following a burglary in Cottenham.
Thieves forced their way into a caravan in Setchell Drove between 1.30pm and 2.30pm on Wednesday (22 July) before stealing the litter of seven puppies, valued at up to £2,000 each, and their mother.
A wallet was also stolen.
Detective Sergeant Ashley Ryan, of the force’s southern burglary team, said: “The owners are utterly heartbroken and extremely concerned for the welfare of their dogs.
“I’m urging anyone who has been offered a similar looking dog, or knows someone who has, to get in touch.”
Anyone with information is asked to call police on 101 quoting reference 35/48592/20 alternatively report online www.cambs.police.uk/report.
Dog owners are advised to:
- Keep an ID tag on your dog at all times
- Lock gates using bolts at the top and bottom, along with a heavy-duty padlock.
- Ensure there are no places where dogs or other animals can escape or be pulled through, if they are left in a back garden.
- Never leave your pet in the garden unattended
- Fit a bell or gate alarm so it makes a sound when someone opens it
- Purchase a driveway alarm so you are alerted to any visitors, these can also be used in rear gardens
- Make sure your dog is microchipped and their details are updated so that they can be returned if they are stolen and subsequently found.
- Avoid leaving a dog tied up outside a shop or left alone in a car, even for a few minutes
- Take lots of photographs of your dog to prove ownership if it’s stolen and then found.
- Report dog theft to police straight away.