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 Stolen pets - advice from the NZ Police

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NZ Police answer questions on stolen pets

Do you suspect that your pet was stolen? First of all it is not common for pets to be stolen, particularly cats are very rarely stolen. Unless your pet is KNOWN (was seen) to be stolen) don't assume your pet was stolen. There are many dozens of scenarios that can happen, try not to become focussed n one theory only whoch means you will not investigate other paths

We asked Counties Manukau NZ Police for the answers to some frequently asked questions....

Q. We believe our pet may have been stolen. 
A. Report stolen pets to the police. It is a crime to steal an animal.

Q. If the local council can’t find who stole our pet, can we call the Police to investigate
Yes, if the pet is stolen try to provide a recent photo to assist police with their enquiries, however, do remember that sometimes it is a matter of priorities and the theft will not always be investigated immediately.  Other agencies can also help such as SPCA and council.

Q. Should I post a reward?
A.  Discuss this with the police officer or report taker. Bear in mind a reward with contact details ph/addresses etc can encourage crank callers.

Q: If I do suspect my pet has been stolen, should I state this in my advertising?  
A. No. We believe it is best not to mention your pet has been stolen, in your ads or flyers etc as this could persuade the thief not to return your pet in case they are identified and reported to the Police

Source: Thanks to the Counties Manukau Police, for kindly providing this information.


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