A Haywards Heath teacher is raising awareness of dog thefts which he says is ‘concerning’ in our towns.
Adam Smith, 41, of Bolnore Village, says there have been thefts in Burgess Hill and Haywards Heath.
There are a lot more posters going up of missing dogs now and it is getting quite rare that you see that they have been found. It is a nationwide problem.Adam Smith
He said: “It has been going on for quite a while. Some dogs are being stolen just because people want them, some are being stolen to sell for money, but the most alarming thing is some are being stolen for bait.
“There are a lot more posters going up of missing dogs now and it is getting quite rare that you see that they have been found. It is a nationwide problem.
“Some dogs have been left outside shops and supermarkets for just two minutes.
“It is quite worrying that you can see on Facebook now various animals being taken. CCTV from shops has also been posted showing it happen.
“Some dogs have been taken just for a laugh and have been abandoned.
“It is about raising awareness. You wouldn’t leave your baby in a pram outside a shop. People always say it won’t happen to them.”
Adam, who is originally from the midlands, has three rescue dogs and five rescue cats. “They are my complete life,” he said.
“I look at them and think I actually can’t imagine them not being here. I want to do as much as I can to help.”
A Sussex Police spokesman said: “Dog theft is not a significant problem in Sussex, but the loss of a much-loved and often valuable pet is devastating for owners who are victims.
“Sussex Police takes its responsibilities to inform the public of any risks to themselves or their property very seriously and should dog theft become a problem we would aim to proactively inform dog owners.
“However, if people are aware of genuine dog thefts taking place then we would urge owners to report them to Sussex Police so that we can build up a full picture of the problem. Anyone who has had a dog stolen or witnessed suspicious behaviour is asked to email email@example.com or call 101.”
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