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Two dogs stolen from animal sanctuary found - but three still missing

The husky and hairy lurcher were taken by thieves alongside two terriers and a patterdale on Saturday 10 December, during a break-in at Galway SPCA’s Heathlawn Animal Sanctuary.

Kanute, the husky who was recovered safe and well
Kanute, the husky who was recovered safe and well
Image: GSPCA

TWO OF FIVE dogs stolen from a Galway animal sanctuary have been found – but the search is still on for the other dogs.

A sergeant from Portumna Garda Station told TheJournal.ie that they were recovered thanks to the work of a joint operation between the DSPCA and the gardaí.

Although full details of the rescue cannot be revealed for legal reasons, it is believed the animals were found in the Midlands.

The recovered dogs were in good condition when found.

Gardaí are asking people around the country to keep an eye out for the three remaining missing dogs.

The sergeant said that they were hopeful that the dogs could be recovered, and that members of the public have been very helpful in the search so far.

He described dogs being stolen from an animal sanctuary as “unusual” but noted that unfortunately dogs are stolen from other locations regularly, particularly huskies.

During the break-in, the facility’s supply of leads, collars and other items were also taken, windows were shattered and property damaged.

The dogs are microchipped and anyone with information is asked to call Portumna Garda station on 0909 741 004 or any Garda station. The Garda Confidential line is 1800 666 111.

These are photos of four of the five dogs taken in the robbery. The fifth was a white male wire-haired terrier called Rascal – he’s 18 months old with two stitches on his nose and two very faint brown spots on his ears.

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