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Dogs found in Ipswich: Police release photos



Police have released photos of 48 dogs found in a raid on the West Meadows Travelers Site in Ipswich – in an attempt to reunite them with their owners.

The site, near Asda on Goddard Road, was raided on Saturday, March 20.

A total of 83 dogs of different breeds and ages were found after a large number of officers spent 10 hours at the site.

So far none of the animals have been reunited with their owners – the lack of identifying features and information making it difficult for the animals to return.

It is suspected that many dogs have been stolen outside of Suffolk.


Suffolk Police are asking people to contact us if they think any of these dogs are theirs
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Dogs not shown by police are either involved in property investigations or are young puppies

Dogs not shown by police are either involved in property investigations or are young puppies
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Suffolk Police have now released pictures of 48 of the dogs in an attempt to find their owners and are asking those who believe one of the dogs may be theirs to contact them.

The remaining unidentified dogs are currently the subject of property inquiries or are young puppies.

All of the seized dogs are still part of the ongoing investigation and so far none of the 83 dogs have been returned.

Det Ch Insp Nicola Wallace, lead investigator for the operation, said: “We look forward to hearing from anyone who thinks any of the dogs in the footage may be theirs.

“Over the past few weeks, officers have liaised with other police forces across the country, as well as conducted a number of other investigations, to determine where the dogs may have come from.”


the dogs were recovered after a raid on the West Meadow Travelers Site in Ipswich last month

the dogs were recovered after a raid on the West Meadow Travelers Site in Ipswich last month
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The dogs recovered after a 10-hour search of the West Meadow Travelers Site in March

The dogs recovered after a 10-hour search of the West Meadow Travelers Site in March
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Proof of ownership may include the following:

  • Veterinary / vaccination records clearly identifying dogs.
  • Photos of the dog with distinctive markings / scars / features.
  • Full details of the microchip – however, please note that not all of these dogs have a microchip or have microchips which may not be properly registered.
  • Other photos of the dog (s) that prove ownership during the dog’s lifetime.
  • Full purchase details including details of where the dog was purchased and / or receipts.
  • All records of reporting the lost / stolen dog (s) to the police or other websites / charities.
  • Some dogs are grouped into possible litter groups, but this is not necessarily the case.

If you believe you are the owner of one of the dogs, you have until May 24 to come forward.

If you believe you are the owner of one of the dogs, you have until May 24 to come forward.
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The dogs were retrieved almost a month ago from a travelers site

The dogs were retrieved almost a month ago from a travelers site
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Following the West Meadows raid, six people, three men and three women were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to steal.

Four of the six – a 34-year-old man, a now 39-year-old man, a 41-year-old woman and a 46-year-old woman – have since had their bail dates extended until Thursday. June 17.


None of the dogs have yet found their rightful owners

None of the dogs have yet found their rightful owners
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To prove your ownership, the police need several methods of identification, including veterinary records

To prove your ownership, the police need several methods of identification, including veterinary records
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The other two have been released and will face no further action at this time.

All inquiries should be made via the [email protected]uk email address by May 24th.

Officers ask people to only use the email address and not to contact the gendarmerie contact and control room at 999 or 101.

The crime of dog theft skyrocketed in 2020 when the lockdown prompted more people to take pets – a demand that spiked prices and prompted criminals to steal for breeding or sale.


Suffolk Police are asking owners not to call 999 or 101, but rather to email opscout@suffolk.pnn.police.uk

Suffolk Police are asking owners not to call 999 or 101, but rather to email [email protected]
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Six people have been arrested in connection with the raid - two have now been released and will face no further action

Six people have been arrested in connection with the raid – two have now been released and will face no further action
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