Waterford Council has been urged to help gardai to combat the worrying rise in dog thefts.
Dungarvan-based councillor Conor D. McGuinness has called on the local authority to “make it resources available to assist gardaí in recovering stolen pets”.
The Sinn Féin politician said: “I am deeply concerned by what appears to be a prolonged spike in dog thefts over the summer. Dogs Trust Ireland are suggesting this is related to an increase in demend for pets in the wake of the lockdown, and specifically for thoroughbred dogs.
“I am aware of close cooperation between local authority dog wardens and An Garda Síochána in other counties in an effort to combat the spike in thefts. Waterford Council’s dog control unit has a role to play. The council should make its resources available to assist Gardaí in recovering stolen pets and reuniting dogs with their families.”
Cllr McGuinness (pictured below) added: “”Gardaí are advising that their statistics do not match the anecdotal evidence coming from voluntary groups, and this could be down to people not reporting thefts to gardaí. If you believe your dog has been stolen you should immediately report to the gardaí and to the council’s dog warden service. You should also inform your vet or local animal welfare group.”