Man arrested for dog theft after seven pit bull puppies were stolen from his Adelaide home

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A man has been charged with the theft of seven pit bull puppies from an Adelaide home earlier this week – an incident that left the dogs’ owners “devastated”.

Police allege a 37-year-old man from Christies Beach broke into a home near Morphett Vale on Wednesday or Thursday.

The defendant’s home was searched just after midnight this morning and two of the dogs were found.

“Investigations into the whereabouts of the other puppies are still ongoing,” police said.

“Two of the litter [were] located safe and sound.”

The puppies – described as pit bull crosses – disappeared between Wednesday afternoon and Thursday afternoon after a break-in at a house on Lyle Street in Morphett Vale.

South African police today released details of the incident, prompting a strong reaction from Facebook users.

“Such a dog act,” another person commented.

One of the dogs’ owners also posted following the incident, saying electrical equipment and other items were taken away during the break-in.

“Most importantly, seven of our six-week-old puppies were all stolen,” she said.

The alleged thief has been arrested and charged with aggravated criminal trespassing and theft, and will appear in Christies Beach Magistrates Court next month.

Police have asked anyone with information about the incident to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

SA to roll out social grants to councils

The welfare of dogs and cats was also high on the agenda of the new South African government today, with Environment Minister Susan Close launching a compliance scheme for breeders.

Environment Minister Susan Close said councils can apply for grants.(ABC News)

It includes a $300,000 grant program for councils, who can apply for individual grants of up to $60,000 to spend on educational projects.

Ahead of the March election, the Labor Party announced a policy to ban puppy farms in South Australia, to crack down on non-compliant breeders who raise hundreds of animals at a time.

The state dog and cat management board will also launch a six-month trial monitoring program to monitor online sales.

“It will be fantastic for people buying a puppy to know that the breeder is following the law,” Ms Close said.

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