Attempted dog theft
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Dear <<First Name>>
Attempted dog theft
At the weekend we received an email from a member informing us that they had heard that an attempt had been made to steal 2 dogs in West Huntspill when they were being walked. We were unable to confirm that as it came from a private Facebook account so did not issue a message.
However yesterday on BBC Radio Somerset the person who owned the dogs was interviewed and it appears that two men behaved in such a way that the dogs owner believes they were attempting to steal her dogs.
The Blue Cross charity has issued detailed ways to protect your dogs from theft and we have extracted the following from their website:

Ways to protect your dog from theft
  • Make sure your dog is microchipped and that you keep your contact details up-to-date, especially if you move home or change your telephone number.
  • A dog should always wear a collar and ID tag with your name and address on it.
  • Do not put your dog’s name on their collar, harness or ID tags
  • Take clear photographs of your dog from various angles and update them regularly, before and after any grooming trips.
  • Have lots of photographs of yourself with your dog, to help you to prove ownership if needed 
Out and about
  • Beware of strangers asking you questions about your dog, bending down to stroke them or vehicles slowing down around you
  • Vary your times of walks and routes; some dogs are targeted and snatched during walks after being watched previously
  • Consider walking in pairs, where possible, but keep your focus on your dog
  • Stay aware of your surroundings and avoid distractions such as mobile phones 
  • Never leave your dog tied up outside a shop, Do not leave your dog alone in a car at any time – not only can they quickly overheat and die, even in dull weather, thieves can break into a vehicle and snatch them in seconds
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