Police looking for the owners of 10 stolen dogs recovered in raid

The owners of 10 stolen dogs that were recovered during a police operation are wanted.

They were among the animals confiscated when police issued a search warrant in Surrey earlier this month.

Willow, a two-year-old Cocker Spaniel, was one of the dogs confiscated earlier this week to be reunited with their rightful owners.

Now detectives at Crawley CID are working with the Sussex Police Rural Crime Team and other forces to identify the remaining dogs and their rightful owners.

The rest of the animals, a mix of amphibians and spaniels, will continue to be cared for in a safe place.

A 30-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods and released pending further investigation.

The exact location of the place where the stolen dogs were found is not disclosed for operational reasons.

Det Chief Inspector John Wallace of Crawley CID said, “We are desperately searching for the rightful owners of the remaining dogs that were confiscated in the latest warrant.

“We work through all the information carefully and pursue other lines of investigation to further the identification of these dogs.

“As we continue to conduct identification research, the health and welfare of the dogs remains our priority and medical treatment continues.”

DCI Wallace added, “We know this has been an excruciating time for the public with missing pets waiting for more information.

“After the dogs are recovered, Suffolk Police are trying to investigate developments in the burglary investigation and are working closely with Sussex Police to assist us with our ongoing investigation.”

Sussex Police launched Operation Collar in January, led by the Rural Crime Team, to respond to and prevent dog theft.

* Anyone with information about the stolen dogs is asked to send an email to [email protected]


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