Gardaí are appealing to the public to take extra crime prevention measures for your pets, particularly high-value breeds of dogs. A number of dog thefts have been reported recently all over the country. Some of the main reasons dogs can be stolen are for: resale, ransom, breeding in puppy farms, or used as bait in fighting. The general advice for dog owners includes ensuring dogs are microchipped and not left alone in open areas. People are also urged to be mindful of their privacy settings on social media to ensure criminals can’t see photos of their pets online. Owners are also urged to get their pets microchipped, and contact details registered correctly on the database. Take care folks!