There seems to be an increasing number of posts on local social media about dog thefts. This is the latest one from the West Coker Facebook Group references the RSPCA Cornwall Branch.
"Just want to pass on this message I got through aldon group. Good to let everyone with pooches know that there r some seriously disturbed people out there.
Be aware that there is a new ploy being undertaken by dog thieves.
Having a white van with RSPCA stickers on and removing dogs from dog walking owners under the pretext that the dog matches the description of a stolen dog.
NEVER. Let your dog be taken by anyone. Insist they follow you to the vets to have the dog scanned to prove ownership by the Chip. If they’re not for real, they won’t go with you! I have never known the RSPCA to operate in the way stated above.
Phone the Police at the first opportunity with as much detail as possible and if at all possible take photos of the offenders and car registration. There are also reports of these thieves door knocking in residential areas.
Stay aware, keep your dogs safe!"