Chief Supt Paul Timmins said, “We understand the devastation a stolen dog can cause. Many of us at Lincolnshire Police are dog owners ourselves.
“While it is a rare occurrence, it does happen. If it’s something that concerns you, please contact your local policing team who can provide security advice and reassurance.
“Please come to us also with any information you have that could be connected with dog thefts, and continue to report any suspicious activity or individuals in your area.
"We will investigate and act on information received in order to return dogs to their owners and bring those responsible to justice.”
In some cases dogs may be reported stolen but are actually just missing and, thankfully, are later reunited with their owner.
Lincolnshire Police work with the national voluntary organisation DogLost who can help if you are ever in this worrying position. See www.doglost.co.uk for and more information.
Dog theft can follow the advertising of dogs for sale so the police advise caution when providing details like your address.