URBAN MYTH: A Facebook reader posted this photo of ribbon she found outside her property.
URBAN MYTH: A Facebook reader posted this photo of ribbon she found outside her property. Contributed

No truth to properties being marked to steal dogs

SOCIAL media can often send important information out to the community in a fast and effective way.

And sometimes information which is posted can leave people scratching their heads as to why and how and who?

Over the past few months, posts have appeared on various Bundaberg Facebook groups warning the community about the possibility of people tying ribbons - or marking property with chalk or paint - to show which houses had dogs living there in order to steal the dog.

In November a Kepnock resident took to Facebook to warn others to watch out for pieces of ribbon after one was located at the letter box and another on the car.

"This morning my husband found a piece of fluoro orange ribbon wrapped around the bottom of our letter box (not tied) and we found another piece in the back of my husbands ute," she said.

"We are aware that this could be to do with our dog and someone marking our property, but we also didn't want to over react as it may have just blown there."

The NewsMail contacted the RSPCA, the Bundaberg Police and the Bundaberg Regional Council which all agreed it had never been reported.

RSPCA spokesman Michael Beatty said it had been a myth for many years.

"This has been going on for ages," he said.

"If you look at it logically, would you warn someone you were about to come back and steal something?"

He said it sounded like a myth children had heard of and maybe thought it would be a good idea to scare people.

"We have never had anyone come forward with a real case of this happening."

Mr Beatty said he would encourage anyone that had it happen to them to come forward and report it to the proper authorities.

Bundaberg Police shift supervisor Sergeant Terry Willett said he had never heard of it before and was not aware of it being reported in the past year.



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