Police hunting Suffolk dog thieves issue appeal over suspicious vehicles

One of the dogs stolen from Barton Mills in Suffolk
One of the stolen dogs taken from kennels at Barton Mills in Suffolk Credit: Suffolk Police

Police seek dog thieves after raid on Suffolk kennels

Police investigating the theft of 17 dogs and young puppies, stolen from a kennels at Barton Mills near Mildenhall, are appealing for help to trace two vehicles.

The theft took place on Thursday 9 July at some point between 3.45pm and 7.10pm when the dogs were stolen from Fiveways Boarding Kennels and Cattery in Tuddenham Road.

Police are keen to trace a black 4 x4 vehicle that had a spare tyre on the boot and was driven by a woman aged in her 20s.

Officers are also keen to locate what is described as a small white van with two men inside. It’s believed these two vehicles were seen parked on or near a field on Tuddenham Road at some point between 4pm and 7pm.

Officers are  keen to hear from anyone who may have dash cam footage that may have recorded these two vehicles  on Tuddenham Road on the afternoon of Thursday 9 July.

It is believed the offenders entered the kennels from fields at the rear of the site, removing hinges from gates to steal the dogs. The dogs were housed in a purpose-built kennel on the site. The stolen dogs were: •    One female, black-and-white-coloured Lhasa apso•    One female, honey-and-white-coloured Lhasa apso•    Seven Lhasa apso puppies – one honey-coloured, three black-and-white-coloured males, two black-and-white-coloured females•    Six, five-week-old Labrador puppies – two yellow-coloured males, two black-coloured males and two black-coloured females.•    One three-year-old, chocolate-coloured, working cocker spaniel female.•    One grey and white cockapoo aged between two and three-years-old.

Anyone with any knowledge of either theft, or knows of the whereabouts of any of the dogs, should contact Mildenhall police, quoting crime reference 37/38708/20 for the incident in Barton Mills, via: