An URGENT information call ended successfully after a beloved family pet and several puppies were safely found after being stolen from a home in Monaghan overnight.
Tasha, a golden retriever, and her young pups were stolen from their home in Shantonagh, County Monaghan when the family slept in the early hours of June 12th.
Last summer Ireland was hit by a spate of dognappings when the price of dogs and puppies skyrocketed and tripled in value as more people decided to buy a pet during the lockdown.
While some stories have a happy ending, where owner and dogs are joyfully reunited in emotional first meetings thanks to the work of Gardaí, many more simply disappear, are taken to other areas of Ireland or across the sea to Great Britain, never to be seen again .
A Garda call for information urged the public to remain vigilant and contact officials if they had any leads that could help reunite Tasha and her pups with their heartbroken family.
On social media, officials from the Cavan Monaghan Garda Division shared photos of the missing dogs along with a statement:
“This is Tasha, a golden retriever. She was stolen from the Shantonagh area of Co. Monaghan between 1 and 7 am this morning, June 12th, along with her two female pups.
“If you have any information that may help your recovery, please contact the Gardai in Carrickmacross on 042 9690190.”
They urged the public to share in the hopes that someone might recognize Tasha or her pups, or discover that they noticed something suspicious in the area that night in question.
And the appeal miraculously paid off when a family friend shared the happy news that Tasha and her pups were found.
(Division Cavan Monaghan Garda)
“Both mom and puppies have been located and are back home safe and sound, where they belong, a happy ending for everyone!” Lorraine Adair wrote.
The mother dog, Tasha, was located first, and the two pups were soon found in an alley not far from where Tasha was discovered.
When hundreds of puppies and dogs were stolen during the summer months last year, Gardaí offered advice on how to protect your pets.
Sergeant Ber Leetch, the crime prevention officer, urged owners to keep a close eye on their pets, adding, “For your dog’s safety, I would recommend that they be microchipped so they can be easily identified and sent to the owner Make sure your home and garden are safe to prevent theft and deter potential perpetrators.
“” If you have a high quality breed of animals, consider CCTV and other crime prevention measures. Whenever you buy a dog or return a dog to its suspected owner, make sure the person is honest. “
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