Grampian Police last week responded to claims that dogs were being stolen in Aberdeenshire, stating that no incidents of a dog being stolen had been reported.
They did, however, say that they were aware of the rumour currently circulating social networking websites and that they had received calls concerning it.
On Grampian Police’s Facebook page, they posted: “We are aware of rumours circulating on social networking sites about dogs being taken from gardens from various locations across the Grampian area. Grampian Police are not aware of any calls about incidents of this nature.”
The post has went on to receive over 60 comments from members of the public, with allegations that dog snatchers are driving white vans and approaching people on the street.
Contacted by the Fraserburgh Herald, a Grampian Police spokesperson said that they “haven’t had any reports of animals being stolen.”
Grampian Police can be contacted on their non-emergency line 0845 600 5 700 or anonymously, via Crimestoppers, on telephone number 0800 555 111.
There is also the option to submit an anonymous written report to the police via Crimestroppers’ website at www.crimestoppers-uk.org.