A rumour that thieves were stealing dogs after first marking their owner’s garden fences have been debunked by police.
The rumour circulated via several posts on Facebook, in which it was reported that thieves were making the marks on fences of homes where dogs were kept so that their accomplices could return later to steal the dog.
But neither Leicestershire or Northamptonshire Police have had any reports of dogs being stolen in the area over th elast 60 days.
There were two cases in which people believed their dogs had been stolen, said police, but both turned out to be false.
In one case the dog had gone missing and was handed over to a dog pound before being reunited with its owner and in the other instance the dog had escaped into a neighbour’s home through a cat flap.
Harborough Police took to Twitter on Tuesday to debunk the rumour.
It said: “Just to ensure Harborough residents, no reports of stolen dogs in Harborough over the last 60-day period. #facebookgetsitwrong.”