Caption: Suffolk police post a gallery of stolen dogs in bid to reunite them with owners (Picture: Suffolk Constabulary)
Pictures of dozens of stolen dogs seized in a police raid have been released as part of increasingly desperate efforts to reunite them with their owners.
More than 80 dogs of different breeds and ages were recovered in a single haul from a travellers’ site just outside Ipswich in Suffolk last month.
Not one has been returned home yet as their lack of distinctive features and information has made it hard to identify them.
It’s believed they could have been stolen from various parts of the country and may have been missing for any length of time.
A total of 48 dogs, some of which appeared to have been poorly fed or groomed, posed patiently for the ‘mugshots’ uploaded on Monday.
They include at least three spaniel puppies, a young Dachshund and a sheepdog due a thorough shampooing.
Detectives urged potential owners to come forward but warned the animals’ appearance may have changed considerably since they disappeared.
Six people were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to steal in connection with the March 20 raid.
Almost 50 dogs posed patiently in the hope of being reunited with their owners (Picture: Suffolk Constabulary)
The pets were recovered following a police raid on a travellers’ site (Picture: Suffolk Constabulary)
A bath and some brushing looked long overdue for some of the dogs (Picture: Suffolk Constabulary)
A total of 83 animals were seized in a single haul on March 20 (Picture: Suffolk Constabulary)
Four suspects in their 30s and 40s have been released on bail (Picture: Suffolk Constabulary)
Detectives have struggled to identify the animals due a lack of distinctive features (Picture: Suffolk Constabulary)
Many of the animals seemed in good spirits after weeks in police care but eager to return home (Picture: Suffolk Constabulary)
Of the six, two men aged 34 and 39 as well as two women aged 41 and 46 have been released on bail until June 17.
The other two, a 34-year-old man and 35-year-old woman, have been released and will face no further action at this time.
The full gallery can be viewed on Suffolk Constabulary’s website along with information on how to claim ownership.
Only those who have not previously contacted the constabulary should get in touch, police said.
Detectives added they will only respond to queries from people who believe they can provide proof of ownership such as photos and records from vets or reports previously submitted to police or charities.
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