Police rescue 40 stolen border collie and beagle puppies

Police rescue 40 stolen border collie and beagle puppies after they were tipped off about man loading dogs into back of a van outside a house

  • Man, 24, was arrested on the motorway in Charlton Kings in Gloucestershire
  • The miniature puppies were then taken to the RSPCA to be checked over  
  • Stolen puppies are believed to be worth thousands of pounds  

As many as 40 stolen border collie and beagle puppies worth thousands of pounds have been rescued after police foiled a dog-napping raid.  

Police were called after a tip-off told them a man was seen putting the dogs into the back of a van in Charlton Kings, near Cheltenham in Gloucestershire, on Saturday afternoon.

Officers then arrested a man, 24, after tracking and stopping his vehicle on the motorway.   

The puppies, miniature breeds worth thousands of pounds, were then taken to the RSPCA to be checked over. 


As many as 40 stolen border collie and beagle puppies worth thousands of pounds have been rescued after police foiled a dog-napping raid

A Gloucestershire Police spokesman said: ‘A man is in custody on suspicion of the theft of puppies thanks to a call from a member of the public who reported suspicious activity.

‘Police were called to Beeches Road in Charlton Kings on Saturday following reports that a man was seen to have been loading a number of puppies into a van.

‘Officers conducted enquiries into the vehicle before liaising with colleagues at West Mercia Police who located and stopped the van on the M6 before detaining the man.

Officers then arrested a man, 24, after tracking and stopping his vehicle on the motorway

The puppies, miniature breeds worth thousands of pounds, were then taken to the RSPCA to be checked over

‘A 24-year-old man from Durham was arrested on suspicion of the theft of puppies and has been transported to custody in Gloucestershire where he remains at this time.

‘Between 30 and 40 puppies were recovered from the van and have been taken to an RSPCA vet surgery for assessment.’ 

Detective Constable Dave Wise, of Mercia Police, tweeted: ‘These are the stolen pups Gloucestershire Police, West Mercia Police and the RSPCA helped to rescue yesterday.’

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