Topics:  bait, dog, dog fighting ring; stolen pets; missing dog, rspca

Social media reports on dognapping for fighting are false

RSPCA confident reports online of dogs being stolen from Rockhampton region for illegal fighting are false.
RSPCA confident reports online of dogs being stolen from Rockhampton region for illegal fighting are false. Chrissy Harris

THERE have been a lot of reports on social media about dog thefts in the Rockhampton area.

As in other parts of the country, people have been linking these thefts to dog fighting rings. There have also been reports of properties being marked with paint and ribbons.

Sadly, RSPCA Qld is confident that dog fighting does occur in Queensland.

However no one has ever come forward with any concrete evidence that would enable either RSPCA Inspectors or Queensland Police to take action.

"Having said that, in most cases it is still likely that the dogs escaped or in the case of pure breeds they were stolen for financial reasons," said RSPCA Qld spokesperson Michael Beatty.

Read more in tomorrow's paper.

Have you seen a ribbon or paint on your fence where you keep dogs?


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