Westmeath SPCA is urging people in the Shannonside region to be vigilant after an attempted puppy theft in the area.
A member of the public contacted the organisation about an incident in the Willow Park area of Athlone.
It’s claimed that the person was walking their puppy when a man asked if he could pet the animal, before trying to disconnect the lead from the harness.
The SPCA in Westmeath highlighted the incident on their social media, and recommended safety tips such as keeping pets secure inside and locking gates to gardens.
A representative of the non-profit says people need to attach the correct contact details to dog collars: