North Wales Police say a dog owner is very distressed after all 5 of his pets were stolen.
Officers are appealing for witnesses and information after the thieves took the animals from Betws Garmon in Gwynedd.
The two bitches and three dogs are all crossed-terrier working animals and were kept by their owner in a kennel in a field adjacent to his property.
Investigating Officer Matt Tapping from Penygroes Police Station said the dogs were stolen between Monday 3rd March and Wednesday morning:
“The owner is clearly distressed because they were his pets as well as working dogs and as all dog owners will know each had its own character and personality and he is very anxious to get them back as soon as possible."
Anyone with information can contact North Wales Police on 101 or anonymously via Crime stoppers on 0800 555 111 quoting reference RC14031976.
A leading animal charity says Welsh Government plans to make microchipping of all dogs compulsory doesn't go far enough.
The RSPCA want ministers to introduce a compulsory dog registration scheme.
It argues that it will hold owners to account, help reduce the number of dogs abandoned and promote dog welfare.
The British Veterinary Association (BVA) says it is "delighted" the Welsh Government's announcement that all dogs in Wales must be microchipped by 1 March 2015.
The decision follows a public consultation here.
Compulsory microchipping legislation came into force in Northern Ireland last year, and will be introduced in England from April 2016.
There are approximately 190,000 dogs in Wales that would need to be microchipped, if it becomes compulsory. There are an estimated 450,000 dogs in Wales and it is estimated that some 58% are already microchipped.
RSPCA Cymru believes that compulsory microchipping will help make it easier to identify the owners of those dogs that have strayed or are being mistreated, neglected, abandoned or lost. The Welsh Government has announced plans to have all dogs in Wales microchipped by 1 March 2015.
The RSPCA has welcomed plans to microchip all of Wales' dogs by 2015. Following a consultation over compulsory dog microchipping, the Welsh Government has announced plans to draw up new regulations. Despite the announcement, the RSPCA says moe could be done.
All dogs in Wales must be microchipped by 2015. New regulations to be set out by the Welsh Government aim to set up a clear link between dogs and their owners. It is hoped this will encourage an increase in responsible dog ownership.
Police were called to an incident last night where a woman from Treherbert was set upon by what is believed to have been an American Bull Dog.
The 23-year-old sustained injuries to her arms and was taken to Royal Glamorgan Hospital for treatment.
The owner has agreed to have the dog put down.
An animal centre in Colwyn Bay has gone to unusual lengths to get one of its dogs re-homed - by making a video to show him off.
Tonto was admitted to an RSPCA centre in Birmingham in February 2012 after being neglected by his previous owner.