Owners worry about pet theft

Salmon Arm RCMP have no recent reports of any stolen dogs in the Shuswap detachment area.

Pet lovers want owners to be cautious after social media reports of animal theft in the area.

Pet lovers want owners to be cautious after social media reports of animal theft in the area.

Word is spreading among dog owners about suspected cases of pets being lured and stolen in the Shuswap.

On several social media groups, people are posting about “numerous thefts” of dogs in Silver Creek and Gleneden.

They are also reporting sightings of people trying to lure pets, including reports of someone trying to lure Bernese Mountain dogs into a white truck with a beige canopy and other reports of someone in a purple van attempting to lure a dog.

But the Salmon Arm RCMP’s files don’t match the number of cases being widely circulated on social media.

“No one has reported any theft of a dog recently, and I went back through the files to January,” says Staff Sgt. Scott West of the Salmon Arm RCMP.

“The only file is a lady who made a suspicious occurrence complaint about someone trying to befriend and lure dogs off her property. That’s the only file we have open.”

Animals lovers, however, want pet owners to be cautious.

Amy Tuesday Lewis posted on the public Facebook group, Salmon Arm Pets Sell & Buy, that she is attempting to compile a head count of missing dogs in the area and the circumstances.

“I think as a community we need to come together and stop these tragic events from happening. This is not just some random event. Something is going on here that needs to be uncovered. I am heartbroken about how many people lay awake at night worrying about their animals,” she posted.

Another Facebook group was also recently set up under the heading: Missing Dogs From Salmon Arm Area.