JUST ONE of 12 border collie puppies stolen in a burglary at a Hampshire farm has been returned to its owners, police have confirmed.
Workers at Parsonage Farm, Bramshaw, returned from lambing in the early hours of March 1 to find the puppies and a breeding dog had been captured.
A group of seven people were reportedly seen in the farmyard at 1.40am after breaking into several buildings looking for machinery. They then stole the dogs before fleeing the scene.
A Hampshire Police spokesperson said: “We can confirm that a puppy has been returned to its owner.
“However, police investigations are still ongoing to locate the other missing puppies.”
Officers further called on the public to be aware of any discounted border collie puppies for sale online.
“We appreciate that these events have a significant impact on the local rural community and we ask anyone who has seen anything suspicious or who may have caught nearby people or vehicles on CCTV to come forward,” he said. said the police.
“It is likely that these puppies will be sold through websites and online platforms, so we ask residents to be aware in case they see a litter of Border Collie puppies advertised locally at a discounted price.”
Anyone with information has been asked to contact 101, quoting crime reference number 44220083039.