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Police have asked anxious pet owners to 'bear with them' while work is carried out to identify 83 stolen dogs found in Ipswich.

Searches were carried out over 10 hours on Saturday in West Meadows, Ipswich, where 83 dogs of various breeds and ages were discovered.

A police spokesman said many of the dogs are thought to have been stolen from outside of Suffolk.

Police have asked anxious pet owners to 'bear with them' while work is carried out to identify 83 stolen dogs found in Ipswich.
Police have asked anxious pet owners to 'bear with them' while work is carried out to identify 83 stolen dogs found in Ipswich.

He said: "Officers have been working today to identify the owners of the dogs as quickly as they can, primarily through the use of scanning them for microchips in the first instance.

"This work is ongoing and will involve liaison with other police forces."

He added: "Detectives would like to reassure all those people who have contacted Suffolk Police today to enquire as to whether their dog has been recovered, that everyone’s call or email will be acknowledged if it has not been already.

"Officers are aware that many people will be anxious to know if their dog has been recovered and politely ask for victims to bear with them as they expedite these enquiries."

Three men, one aged 38 and two aged 34, and three women, aged 46, 41 and 35, were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to steal.

The six people, all from Ipswich, were taken to Martlesham Police Investigation Centre for questioning but have been released on bail pending further enquiries until April 16.

Anyone with information on the dog thefts is asked to call 101 quoting reference 13719/21.

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