The Irish Greyhound Board is reminding greyhound owners to be extra vigilant after three greyhounds were reported stolen in Carlow.
Three brood bitches were stolen from kennels in the Castletown area in recent days. One of the greyhounds has since been located, with the other two still missing.
The incident has been referred to local Gardai, who are investigating the matter.
Welfare Manager with the Irish Greyhound Board, Barry Coleman commented: “It is important for greyhound owners to ensure they have secured any property where their greyhounds are kept. Regular checks on the property are vital together with using appropriate gate/door locks and, where possible, alarms systems. Thieves are deterred by good security measures. It is important for owners to report any suspicious activity around their own property or that of another greyhound owner to the Gardai immediately.”
He added: “Greyhound welfare and keeping greyhounds safe and well is a key priority for the IGB as part of continued regulation of the industry. The IGB is concerned that stolen greyhounds may be held in an environment that is detrimental to their welfare.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact Carlow Garda Station on 059 91 36620.