A horrendous story from Wexford:

AN URGENT appeal for information has been launched after a stolen pet dog was found with her microchip gouged out of her skin.

Springer spaniel Daisy was stolen from a locked kennel in County Wexford last Tuesday, along with her seven puppies, Forest, Mabel, Maggie, Betty, Bonnie, Coba and Sam.

Four days later, Daisy was found by a kind-hearted member of the public in Dublin and brought to the DSPCA, who reunited her with her family–but tragically her puppies were not with her.

And while a family being reunited with their beloved dog should be a happy time, Daisy’s owner Patricia was horrified to see that her pet had suffered a brutal neck injury.

The thieves who had stolen Daisy and her puppies had physically cut the microchip from under her skin using a knife so she could not be traced before dumping her on the street 120km from her home in Wexford.

And it’s not the only such story, recently:

Gardaí have warned animal lovers to be careful of their canines after a series of dog-nappings targeting pets across the country.

Dogs have disappeared – and are believed to have been stolen – in incidents in Dublin, Kildare, Cork, Tipperary and Waterford.

In Cork, three incidents of suspected dog theft have occurred over the past fortnight.

One case, in Macroom, involved the theft of three dogs, a whippet and two cream coloured poodles, that were taken from a yard.

In Midleton, a prized spaniel was stolen from a home.

In Dublin, a number of valuable pure-bred dogs have also vanished in mysterious circumstances.

In some cases, locals have reported spotting vans driving slowly around the areas involved.

The thefts seem to involve high-value, pedigree dogs, suggesting that the animals are being stolen to order – to be re-sold to people looking for a specific breed of pet.

Gardai say that owners should take precautions – ensuring that pets are microchipped (not that that was any use to poor Daisy) and kept indoors at night time.

Meanwhile, people who work in this area are concerned:

Lynne Cullen, administrator of ‘Missing Dogs Ireland’ – a Facebook page with over 15,000 members – said dog disappearances are at a level she has never seen before.

She said: “I am doing this ten years now. The last few weeks it has just got out of hand. It is actually like a pandemic of missing and stolen dogs. Every single hour of the day somebody’s dog is gone – missing, stolen, never to be seen again.”

It takes a special kind of scumbag to steal someone’s pet dog – but, unfortunately, there are no shortage of such people.

If you have a dog, and you love him or her, keep a close eye on them.

And do not hesitate to report any suspicious behaviour in your area to the Gardai.