Missing puppy seized from traveller encampment outside Morrisons in Chippenham now reunited with owners #PetTheftReform


“They seemed very pleased to be reunited with her and were clearly very grateful”, acting sergeant Elliott Alvis said

Police seized a missing dog after they were called to an traveller encampment and have since returned her to her rightful owners.

Officers were called to the scene outside Morrisons, in Chippenham, on Monday (August 2) following reports of a number of caravans setting up in the supermarket’s car park.

At the site, they located a 14-week-old black female Cockapoo in an unattended caravan. A check of the dog’s microchip revealed it was reported as missing, police say.

Wiltshire Police spokesperson said: “Our officers have been able to return a puppy to her owners today (August 2) after she had been reported missing by a member of the public living at a traveller’s site in Dorset.

“The 14-week old black Cockapoo bitch was found in an unattended caravan by officers liaising with members of the travelling community who had gathered in the car park of Morrisons supermarket in Chippenham. 

“And because it had been microchipped, officers were able to find contact details of the rightful owners.”

The force says there were no obvious signs that the animal had been mistreated and appeared to be healthy.

Acting sergeant Elliott Alvis said: “We were able to remove the puppy from the caravan and look after her for the afternoon while the owners travelled up to Chippenham Police Station from Dorset to collect her.

“They seemed very pleased to be reunited with her and were clearly very grateful. It was nice to be able to help.”

There were no arrests made in relation to this incident.

Newspaper article: https://www.wiltshirelive.co.uk/news/wiltshire-news/stolen-puppy-seized-traveller-encampment-5731531

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