An animal welfare charity has expressed concern after figures revealed more than 200 pet dogs have been reported stolen over the last couple of years in South Yorkshire.
Police data obtained using the Freedom of Information Act revealed 225 pet pooches were reportedly nabbed from their owners between January 2017 and August 2019.
Doncaster had the highest number of incidents in that time frame with 78 alleged crimes, followed by Sheffield with 62. There were 48 incidents in Barnsley and 37 in Rotherham.
Police have noted a rise in thieves stealing so-called ‘designer dog’ breeds made popular by celebrities and a charity said the most targeted breeds include French Bulldogs, Chihuahuas and Pugs.
The release of the figures come after a woman was attacked in an attempted dognapping in a Doncaster street in August.
The woman was walking with her dogs along Brookfield Close, Thorne, when she was attacked from behind by man.
She was pushed to the ground and hit over the back of her head by a man who attempted to steal her 14-week-old Cockapoo and her other dog, a Lhasa Apso.
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