27 animals rescued in ‘dognapping’ raid as woman and teenage boys arrested

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Dog owners are urged to contact police if they think one of the seized pets may be theirs (Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Dozens of dogs have been seized following a raid into suspected dognapping.

A total of 19 adult dogs and eight puppies were found after officers carried out a warrant at an address in Braintree Road, Dunmow, Essex.

Police arrested a 54-year-old woman and two boys, aged 14 and 16, on suspicion of theft and animal cruelty.

The seized dogs included spaniels, terriers, lurchers, a French bulldog and a Rottweiler.

It is thought the puppies, which are between six and 10 weeks old, may have been born at the property.

The force are attempting to identify the dogs and establish whether they were stolen.

Anyone who thinks one of the dogs may be theirs is urged to contact Essex Police.

The woman and teenage boys have since been released under investigation.

Stolen dogs
Essex Police seized 27 dogs following a raid at an address in Braintree Road, Dunmow (Picture: Google)
Pc Glenn Braden said: ‘We know the devastation the loss of a much-loved pet can cause and we take reports of thefts seriously.

‘We have been carrying out extensive enquiries into recent reports of thefts and this warrant comes as part of that.

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‘We are now working to identify the dogs we found at this address and, if stolen, identify their owner so we can return them.

‘If you have any information about the theft of a dog then we need you to contact us.’

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