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Residents Warning After Attempted 'Dognap'

Thursday February 6 2014

BARNSLEY pet owners have been warned to be on guard after an attempted 'dognap'.

Sue Howe, of Rydal Close, Penistone, says someone attempted to snatch her young dog from the garden and has warned people to be vigilant.

Her one-year-old cockapoo had been let out to toilet, when people snuck into the garden and attempted to take him. 

"There was this almighty noise, a high-pitched screech," Sue said. "Bobbie came in limping, still screaming.

"I just want to make people aware it's going on - even if you're just letting them out in your garden for two minutes it can happen."

Police were called but - despite completing a search of the area - could not locate the culprits.

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Reply Posted by Wayne on Thursday February 6 2014 at 13:41
I hope your dog's not too traumatised by this. They want stringing up who ever is doin it

Reply Posted by Collet on Thursday February 6 2014 at 14:48
Wish somebody would come and pinch a few dogs around Hoyland, the dog pooing capital of Yorkshirs,I don't blame the dogs I blame the owners,the place is a disgrace.?

Reply Posted by A Nonnie Mouse on Friday February 7 2014 at 17:42
You are a disgrace. A few disrespectful owners don't clear up after their dogs. The vast majority do clear up after their dogs and you say you want someone to kidnap dogs, disgraceful.
If it was a joke, retract it and don't post rubbish, if it wasn't then please don't post again as this is offensive.

Reply Posted by Linda on Thursday February 6 2014 at 15:10
I blame the owners not the dogs as well Collet, but to wish somebody would pinch a few dogs from where you live, just for the sake of dog poo is so frigging stupid, especially as they get pinched for dog bait and for sick peoples entertainment at watching dog fighting. Would you rather a dog get ripped to bits just for the sake of dog poo?

Reply Posted by serj tankian on Thursday February 6 2014 at 15:21
So you delete my comment for informing people of the culprits and the brick wall preventing a stop to this, well done wab well done indeed.

Reply Posted by A Nonnie Mouse on Friday February 7 2014 at 17:44
If you want to name names serj, the way to do it is by telephoning the council and reporting it. WAB is unable to investigate your claims and should not be placed in a position of potential recourse from the individuals.

Reply Posted by roxi louise atkinson on Thursday February 6 2014 at 15:34
Hope your puppy dog is okie love xxxx

Reply Posted by MissisS on Thursday February 6 2014 at 15:38
I do wish people would stop leaving their dogs tied up while they just pop into a shop. They can be taken so quickly.

Reply Posted by maria on Thursday February 6 2014 at 16:05
A few months ago something similar happened when I let our dog out in the garden, I heard a strange bark so I went out, someone had opened the gate and there was another dog in the garden, unknown to whoever opened the gate and tried letting her out she won't leave the garden without one of us being with her.as for the person who saying wish they would pinch some dogs from my area because of the dog poo, we have a bone shaped holder on the dog lead that is always full of nappy sacks so that when we take her out we always clean up after her, we aren't all irresponsible dog owners you know.

Reply Posted by Believer of Bob on Thursday February 6 2014 at 19:21
i wouldnt dare tie my dog up in this day n age if i needed to go into a shop i would carry it, had a shifty character lent right down to my dog looked like he was gonna snatch n run but turned around n just turned in different direction and that was just walking it in the park could have been nowt n just wanted to stroke it but yeah wouldnt risk finding out

Reply Posted by Jane Burke on Thursday February 6 2014 at 20:08
Collet your comment was put of order, these sickos are doing horrible things to people pet & to us dogs are a part of the family, personally I don't think enough if being done , this is getting worse, what's it coming to :(

Reply Posted by dog lover on Thursday February 6 2014 at 20:14
I couldn't see any body picking up my lump of a dog (labrador) its hard enough to get her off the couch but saying that she would follow anybody with a biscuit and she's, "gawwwed she's just slavered my laptop" on a serious note please keep an eye on your dogs it would break my heart to think of some one taking her, my husband yes my dog nooo

Reply Posted by linda on Thursday February 6 2014 at 21:24
It's getting worse with dogs being taken from gardens and when out on walks they are taken as bait for dog fighting which is terrible for the dogs that are taken i have also heard that these eastern europeans are stealing dogs to eat how true that is i don't know as for the dog poo i blame the irresponsible owners who just let their dog foul pavements fields and parks for just walking away and leaving the mess behind for some child or other person to tread in all supermarkets sell dog poo bags and for the people who don't know or don't want to know those red bins with black lids are special bins where you can deposit your bag after you have cleared up after your dog i live in parkgate and see many a dog owner let their dog foul on the playing fields on barbers ave/netherfield lane and walk off it's not very nice when your son comes in covered in your dogs mess because they have slipped in it while playing football

Reply Posted by ian on Friday February 7 2014 at 00:24
you may think your dog wont get taken but its only a matter of time. dont let your dogs in a garden which has easy access such as your front garden, i see dogs all the time around where i live in the front garden would be so easy to take them. simple fact use your common sense make a safe area for them to go in like a run or watch them while they are out. simples........

Reply Posted by Christiana heslop on Friday February 7 2014 at 07:52
I'd like to see them try an take our dogs. Our angel would have there hand off first. I hope your dog is well. Xx

Reply Posted by blaze on Friday February 7 2014 at 11:50
beware down honeywell a neighbour chased someone out of their yard who was trying to put their dog on a lead and other people have mentioned seeing some dodgy characters roaming round with dog leads and no dogs looking in yards

Reply Posted by tracy on Friday February 7 2014 at 17:42
Someone knows whos doing it, question is, why isnt anything been done about it????

Reply Posted by awww on Friday February 7 2014 at 17:58
Awwwww....What a cute puppy :) xxx

Reply Posted by wink on Saturday February 8 2014 at 06:38
stuff the puppy, the owners a reyt babe

Reply Posted by D Maw on Saturday February 8 2014 at 08:12
If someone on here knows who is doing it can you please contact me 07921682002!!

Reply Posted by Kate on Monday February 10 2014 at 08:39
I had a problem last week when my staffy was in the back garden I heard a van pull up in the back so looked out of the bedroom window and saw 2 men leaning over the fence stroking him, I quickly ran down stairs to go get him but my akita beat me to it and went for them nearly had one of them by the arm, they had the cheek to have ago at me saying my dog was nasty!! If it wasnt for my akita then I'm sure my very trusting staff would have just gladly climbed into the van with them! Was so upset by it all! They dont go out with out me watching them both at all times! Its not worth the risk!

Reply Posted by wolfdog on Monday February 10 2014 at 10:02
I live in hoyland. I have 3 large dogs and I pick up after them. I take them in the car and walk in many places. Hoyland is no worse for dog muck than any other place in barnsley in my opinion. Outside barnsley however it seems to be much less of a problem. I have made it so I have no access to the back garden from anywhere unless anyone wants to scale my 8ft fence and razor wire...the front garden has 10ft spiked gates and they are always double padlocked. Not even the postman can get in. Only me and the kids know the combination locks. Plus there is my gsd, wolfdog, and malamute at the other side....and they dont let anyone in unless they are with me.....but even so....I watch them like a hawk when they are out. Anyone can chuck laced food over to knock them out..altho as dead weights and around 50kg each they would take some lifting out. But that is the extent I go to to keep my big dogs safe....if I had small easy to lift dogs I would be terrified. It just really pisses me off that u cant just let your dogs out into your own garden anymore.

Reply Posted by beebee on Monday February 10 2014 at 13:59
How the hell this story got onto a dog fowling debate is beyond me. WAB, you should have deleted 'collet's comments as soon as it was posted as it had nothing what so ever to do with this story and was obviously offensive to so many commenters on here. We must remember that most of these dogs are stolen for dog baiting like 'Linda' suggested. The learning curve in this story for all dog owners, is to not tie your pets up outside shops etc, not to leave them unattended in cars and watch them if you let them out in unsecure gardens. And if anyone does know the identity of anyone who is doing this then contact the police.

ipso Regulated