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Police release images of 48 stolen dogs which were among 83 found in West Meadows, Ipswich




Police have today released pictures of 48 stolen dogs which were seized during a 10-hour operation in Ipswich last month.

More than 80 dogs of various breeds and ages were discovered by police in West Meadows in the town on March 20.

The find, which was one of the biggest discoveries of stolen pets in the country, sparked a nationwide effort to reunite the stolen pets with their owners.

Police have released images of 48 stolen dogs in the hope that they can return them to their owners
Police have released images of 48 stolen dogs in the hope that they can return them to their owners

But a Suffolk Police spokesman said that, as of yet, none of the dogs have been returned to their rightful homes.

Detective Chief Inspector Nicola Wallace, senior investigating officer, said: "We are keen to hear from anyone who believes any of the dogs in the images may be theirs.

"During the last few weeks officers have been liaising with other police forces around the country, as well as conducting a number of other enquiries, in order to establish where the dogs may have originated from.”

Dog number 7
Dog number 7
Dog number 8
Dog number 8

Officers have asked owners who have not yet made contact with the force to get in touch by May 24 if they believe one or more of the dogs pictured could be theirs.

Anyone who believes they can provide proof of ownership are asked to send full names, contact details and the image number relating to the dog in question to opscout@suffolk.pnn.police.uk.

Proof of ownership can include vet or vaccination records, pictures of the dogs, details of microchipping, purchase details and records of having reported the dog lost or stolen.

Dog number 10
Dog number 10

A police spokesman said: "The public should also be aware that some of these dogs may have been lost, stolen or moved on over a period of time so they may not look exactly as they did when they were last seen."

Six people from Ipswich - a now 39-year-old man, two 34-year-old men and three women aged 46, 41 and 35 -were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to steal following the operation in March.

They were all taken to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre for questioning and were initially released on bail until April 16, pending further enquiries.

Four of the six people – the 34-year-old man, the 39-year-old man, the 41-year-old woman and the 46-year-old woman - have since had their bail date extended to June 17.

The other two people – the 34-year-old man and the 35-year-old woman - have been released and will face no further action at this time.

Contact should be made using the dedicated email address only, and not by calling 999 or 101.

Dog number 42
Dog number 42
Dog number 43
Dog number 43

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