More than 70 stolen dogs worth at least £40,000 have been rescued by police in Wales and returned to their rightful owners.
The rescue mission was the latest development in a spate of dog thefts which has been plaguing the country throughout coronavirus lockdown.
Pet detectives from two police forces recovered a large number of dogs suspected to have been stolen from homes and breeders in recent months.
More than 70 stolen dogs worth at least £40,000 have been rescued by police and returned to their rightful owners after a spate of pet thefts throughout lockdown. Stock picture
Dyfed-Powys Police and South Wales Police raided two sites where dogs and puppies believed to be worth tens of thousands of pounds were found.
Police observed several dogs being released onto common land from a nearby location in Briton Ferry, near Swansea, and recovered six dogs.
The owners of the stolen dogs have been identified – and they have been returned home to their grateful families.
Cases of what is known as ‘dognapping’ are on the rise, with recent figures from lost and found…