DOG thieves appear to be going on scouting expeditions around the city, tracking down houses with dogs in their backyards, and leaving telltale markings so the pets can be stolen at a later date.
Canobolas Local Area Command duty officer Bruce Grassick said while there had only been three reported dog thefts in Orange and the surrounding area in the past six months, owners were being advised to be cautious when securing their pets.
“Three thefts over the last six months is not significant,” inspector Grassick said.
“[However] People need to be vigilant in relation to their animals and their general security.
“They need to make sure their dogs are confined on their property and chained up of an evening if necessary.”
Of the three dogs that were stolen, at least one of them was a bull mastiff.
“There seems to be no pattern in relation to the age of the dog,” he said.
Inspector Grassick said despite initial investigations police were yet to establish a firm link between the theft of the three dogs and the tagging system of tying markers, possibly glow sticks, paint or rope, on fences or out the front of people‘s houses.
The markings have been detected in a number of Orange locations, and in some cases dog owners had been notified of the markings by police.
“There’s no clear evidence to link them [the past thefts and the markers] but we have found markings of a similar nature in streets in Orange,” he confirmed.
Inspector Grassick said police had already ruled out utility companies or business as being responsible for leaving the markers.
“Anyone that sees any suspicious activity or markings of a similar nature, should notify police straight away,” inspector Grassick said.