Nine stolen dogs seized by Suffolk Police and three returned to owners following Ipswich arrests
Stolen dogs from Suffolk have been returned to their owners after having been found by police.
Suffolk Police carried out searches on Friday after they arrested two people from Ipswich on suspicion of stealing a pregnant Border Collie and doves from a Hockwold property on Thursday.
On Friday, the force's Rural and Wildlife Policing team said three dogs were 'safely on their way home', with another six having been seized.
These dogs are also believed to have been stolen.
The number of dog thefts has rocketed in the last year, after lockdown saw the demand for puppies increase.
Prices of the most desirable dog breeds rose to what the Dogs Trust described as an ‘all-time high’.
A Suffolk Police spokesman said: “Following two arrests, searches were carried out across the Ipswich area and a number of dogs were recovered. Enquiries are ongoing.”
Officers from Norfolk Police and Cambridgeshire Police assisted with the operation.