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Dog stolen from Kent family found nine months later with puppies

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Original article from Kent Live

A pet Dachshund which was stolen from a family home in Kent has been found with five of her puppies at a suspected puppy farm 80 miles away in Hampshire.

Bella was taken from her home in Aylesford, near Maidstone, nine months ago and was rescued by police last week.

Officers raided a suspected puppy farm in Tadley on Wednesday after a tip-off from Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council.

Cops found Bella with five puppies in a cage on the grass verge in front of the house.

The Dachshund had been stolen from her home last November.

All of the dogs were taken to a secure kennel and the investigation into the circumstances are still continuing, Hampshire Constabulary said.

Nationally, the charity DogLost has seen reports of thefts rise by 170 percent in the last year from 172 dogs in 2019 to 465 in 2020.

Earlier this year the National Police Chief's Council warned that criminals were exploiting the huge increase in prices and demand for puppies during lockdown.

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In Kent, between October 2019 and September 2020, 121 dogs were reported stolen, with just 24 returned to their owners, according to a Freedom of Information request to Kent Police.

Of these dognapping cases only 10 suspects were arrested and none were charged.

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