Police refute dog theft ring operating in the Tweed

Police says there have been no reports of dogs being stolen in the Tweed
Police says there have been no reports of dogs being stolen in the Tweed Nev Madsen

RUMOURS are flying regarding dogs being stolen for fighting around the Tweed, but police say they have not heard of any such incident.

Over the last few months rumours have continued to pop up on Facebook based community sites, saying dog fighting rings are marking properties prior to stealing animals.

The latest rumour originated from the Murwillumbah Buy Swap & Sell page, with user Amy Mitchell spruiking the warning.

"Police said many dogs around here are being stolen for fights. Please keep your dogs out of sight and out of mind!!!," she said.

Some users questioned the veracity of the claims, but Tanya Erezuma added more fuel to the fire.

"Apparently they have spotters that go around and look for the dogs and mark your fence/front of property with a ribbon or spray painted mark," she said.

"Then another crew comes back for the dog/s. If you notice a mark on your fence or property, remove it ASAP."

But Tweed Byron LAC duty officer inspector Jim Kain said he had never heard of the supposed incidents.

"I've never heard of any problems about it," Insp Kain said.

My Daily News' sister paper The Northern Star, located in Goonellabah, reported on similar claims in August this year.

Richmond police originally believed reports of dog thefts around the region were related to illegal dog fighting, but later said their investigation branched into a second inquiry to see whether claims of target houses being tagged were a hoax.

Their investigations are ongoing. Anyone with information regarding dog thefts or fighting is encouraged to call CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000.

Topics:  crime tweed police

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