Animal owners warned of bogus inspectors as dog snatched

The Cork Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (CSPCA) has warned against bogus inspectors who have snatched dogs from owners in north Cork.

The agency said it is liaising with gardaí and the ISCPA after receiving reports that two people posing as CSPCA inspectors removed a dog under false pretences from the home of an elderly man in recent days.

“In effect, these individuals stole the dog while impersonating the CSPCA, regardless of their reasoning or cause,” an agency spokesman said.

It comes two weeks after the CSPCA issued a warning about people posing as inspectors and carrying out unauthorised inspections in the Ringaskiddy area of Cork.

The spokesman said the situation has worsened given that an animal has now been taken from its owner under false pretences.

“We are working very closely with the gardaí and the ISCPA as this is causing problems for both welfare organisations,” he said.

“Hopefully by sharing information, the individuals involved can be prosecuted, and the general public, by being made aware of the situation, will not be at risk from these bogus inspectors.”

The CSPCA said its inspectors or wardens normally only call to premises between 9am and 5pm, and only call to premises after hours by prior arrangement.

The spokesman said when its inspectors and wardens call to a premises, they present a card with the name of the inspector or warden on it, and that it contains the CSPCA phone number.

*The spokesman urged anybody with concerns to contact the CSPCA immediately on 021 4515534.

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