Because there’s always the possibility of copycat crimes once a news report comes out, it is necessary to pass what may be happening in one state, everywhere.
Randolph, Montgomery, and Moore counties in Robbins, North Carolina have received reports that three men are posing as Animal Control Officers in order to steal dogs. Pet owners everyone should be alert and aware.
On Borden Road in the High Falls area a couple of weeks ago, Kim Cox returned home to find men in her yard with a catchpole around her Great Dane’s neck.
The Moore County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the case.
Cox said the men were wearing matching uniforms, had white trucks with dog cages, and looked official.
When she asked why they were taking her dog and to release her from the pole, they questioned Cox as to where she lived and if the dog really belonged to her.
Cox called Moore County Animal Control and was told the men did not work for them. She was told that their trucks have seals and their officers’ uniforms are easily identifiable.
The imposters, on the other hand, were wearing white shirts and blue pants. One suspect has gray hair and is estimated to be between 40-50 years old. The other two men are younger, believed to be in their 30s. That’s it. Not much to go on.
These criminals are targeting friendly, easy dogs and possibly selling them to veterinary labs or other people. It’s all about making money, which is too often the case when it comes to animals.
This is just another form of animal abuse brought on by humans. Always check with your local animal control shelter before you allow your dog to be handled by anyone else claiming to be an officer.
Also, it would be best not to leave your dog without supervision for any extended period of time. The safest dog is the dog who stays in the house with his guardians. When you do go out make sure your pet is kept indoors, and not left in the yard for him or her to be a target for abuse or theft.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Moore County Sheriff’s Office at 910-947-2931.
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