The number of canine companions stolen around the county soared from 16 in 2012/13 to 37 in the following financial year and 29 in the 2014/15 period, according to figures released in a Freedom of Information request by the EDP.

It is a trend reflected at a national level, with dog thefts around the country rising steadily year on year.

Reported by the Eastern Daily Press. You can read the full story here. 

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