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Wildlife cops appeal for witnesses after seven pups stolen from Derbyshire farm

Posted on 18th October 2017

Our rural crime team are appealing for information after seven border collie pups were stolen from a farm in Derbyshire.

The incident happened last week, overnight Friday, October 13 and Saturday, October 14, when the puppies were taken from a farm in Holmesfield, Dronfield. 

Five of the seven have been found by a member of the public, apparently abandoned in a plastic box in a wooded area off Raeburn Road in Sheffield at around 8.30pm on Monday, October 16. 

Pc Andy Shaw, one of our rural crime officers, who is investigating the thefts, said: “The found puppies are now back with their owner and making a good recovery, although the indications are that they would have not survived the night if they had not been found. 

“Two of the stolen puppies are still missing and we would ask if anyone has been offered a border collie pup for sale in this part of Derbyshire or South Yorkshire to make contact with us. 

“We would also ask that if anyone saw anything suspicious in the area and on the night of the theft that tell us about it”

If you think you can help please contact Andy on 101 quoting reference number 17000443155. Alternatively send him a message online by visiting the Contact Us section of our website here.

You can also anonymously contact the independent charity Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111 or by visiting

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