Pet owners are being urged to be on their guard following the attempted thefts of several dogs in Staffordshire.
One dog walker was said to have been left "shaken" after the "scruffy big fella" tried to grab his beloved pooch while they were out for a walk StokeonTrentLive reports.
The man was making his way along Church Road, Biddulph, on Wednesday night when a green Ford Focus stopped nearby.
The driver then got out and approached the man and his dog before trying to snatch the white-furred Staffordshire bull terrier at around 7.15pm.
Another dog owner has also come forward to say the same man targeted her son who was walking his Staffie on the same stretch around 45 minutes earlier.
It comes after a number of attempted dog napping incidents in recent weeks.
Warning people to be vigilant, a friend of the victim said: "A man walking his white Staffie was approached by a man in a green Ford Focus. Description of the man is scruffy big fella.
"He stopped his car, got out and crossed the road. He then said 'that’s a nice dog' and tried grab his dog!
"Be warned Biddulph people! The gentleman is shaken up!"
The mother of the other victim added: "My son and friend were walking his dog on Church Road and the same happened to them! Same description too, this is so scary!"
PCSO Hannah Chaplin, whos patrols Chesterton and Waterhayes for Staffordshire Police, yesterday urged dog owners to report any suspicious activities after incidents in the Newcaste borough area.
These have included:
- Two masked men who reportedly chased a couple out walking their pugs in Heritage Park in Silverdale;
- A group of men in a white van trying to give a dog treats in Albermarle Road, Cross Heath.
PCSO Chaplin said: "We have received some reports of people acting suspiciously, possibly trying to steal people's dogs.
"The last report suggested that lone female dog walkers were targeted but at this time we have no evidence to suggest this may be true and it is currently hearsay.
"Please just be vigilant when out and about walking your dogs and is you see anything suspicious please contact us."
To report any incidents, contact Staffordshire Police on 101.
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