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Farmer warns others after ‘professional’ thieves steal sheepdogs to rustle sheep

A farmer has spoken out after prolific thieves stole two of his sheepdogs specifically to rustle sheep.

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Farmer warns others after ‘professional’ thieves stole sheepdogs to rustle sheep

The farmer, who asked to remain anonymous, said a pair of his sheepdogs – which were taken in 2017 and returned six months later thanks to their microchips – came back and started rounding sheep up in the middle of the night.

 

“It happened again the next night so they had been stolen specifically to steal sheep,” he said.


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The incident happened a day in 2017 when the farmer was at an auction. He returned home to find the barn door open and the front of the kennel ‘ripped off’.

 

He said: “The two dogs that were taken were great sheepdogs and were very friendly so the thieves would have found it easy to snatch them.

 

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“I did not think I would see them again but both dogs were found during a police raid on a prolific thief. It was a challenge to retrain them but I had not completely broken them in so I went right back to basics with them.

 

“Although I was lucky to get my dogs back, what happened does make you feel vulnerable. I could not understand why someone would pick on me and it made me sick to think I was being watched.”

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