Dog thefts: Woman and two boys arrested and 27 dogs seized in police operation in Dunmow
A woman and two teenage boys were arrested and 27 dogs were seized in Dunmow as part of an investigation by Essex Police into dog thefts.
Officers, supported by the RSPCA, executed a warrant at an address in Braintree Road on Thursday (April 1).
They seized 19 adult dogs and eight puppies, including spaniels, lurchers, terriers, a French bulldog and a rottweiler.
It is believed the puppies, which are between six and 10 weeks old, may have been born on site.
Officers are currently identifying the dogs to establish if they had been stolen and, if so, to identify their owners.
A 54-year-old woman and two boys, aged 14 and 16, were arrested on suspicion of theft and animal cruelty. They have since been released under police investigation.
PC Glenn Braden, from the Uttlesford community policing team, said: “We know the devastation the loss of a much-loved pet can cause and we take reports of thefts seriously.
“We've been carrying out extensive enquiries into recent reports of thefts and this warrant comes as part of that.
“We are now working to identify the dogs we found at this address and, if stolen, identify their owners so we can return them.
“If you have any information about the theft of a dog then we need you to contact us.”
If you have any information about the theft of dogs or believe one of the seized dogs is yours, call Essex Police on 101 quoting incident 136 of 1 April. Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.