Westmeath SPCA urges vigilance after attempted puppy theft

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.

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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: