Owners warned after reports of men 'trying to steal dogs' in west Dublin park

A number of people have said that the men had been following them and asking suspicious questions.

Dog owners have been warned after a gang of thieves were allegedly spotted trying to steal dogs in a Dublin park.

Owners living in Clondalkin and Ballyfermot have been told to remain vigilant after a number of men reportedly threatened to steal a dog from one owner, and have been following others asking suspicious questions about their pets.

Community Group Clondalkin Animal Aid posted the warning after a woman got in touch saying two men tried to take her dog.

The message said: "There are two men hanging around The Lawn’s park (Le Fanu park) asking all about my dog - they called the dog over and said they were going to rob her.

"Then they asked if she was a pup, then checked for stitches and tried to look at her teeth.

"I’ve no doubt they were thinking of taking her off me"

Another woman named Sinead told Dublin Live that a van was "stalking" her father while he was out walking his pooches.

She said: "There was a man in a white van with a UK reg was following my dad as he was walking the dogs.

"He was going really slow beside checking the dogs. My dad took a short cut to try and lose him but he caught up with him again.

"A neighbour saw what was happening and he approached my dad asking him what your man was up to, and the van sped off up the road so thankfully he didn’t get to see where the dogs lived."

A third woman also claimed to have a similar experience on Monastery Road, after a white van also pulled up before the driver started asking her questions.

She said: "One guy in the van driving down Monastery Road stopped on the road and asked me about my two dogs while I was walking towards village.

"I have a saluki and a greyhound. I did not reply to his question, just ignored him...he wasn't happy of that."

The community group warned owners to be extra vigilant and to make sure their pets are accounted for at all times.

What to do if your pet is stolen

According to Pet Sitters Ireland , people who lose their pets should do the following:

If your pet is stolen, contact as many animal organisations and dog pounds as possible as soon as possible.

Phone the local dog warden to see if your dog has been picked up.

Alert your local neighbourhood watch group to keep a look out for your pets.

Use websites such as www.lostdogs.ie and www.lostandfoundpets.ie to post information on your dog. These sites will share the details on their Facebook Pages which can often result in 1000s of people sharing the post.

Put up posters in your local area to let people know your pet is missing.

If you want to offer a reward, it’s a personal choice. Many pet owners have found this doesn’t increase the chances of finding their pet and only attracts con artists claiming they know where the pet is.

Pet Detectives can be hired to assist in the search of your pet. Reports are varied on the success of a pet detective, but many have had great success.

The site also has advice on how to help prevent their pets from being targeted by thieves.

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