Police in eastern Norway have issued a warning to owners of dogs that an organized band of dognappers may try to steal their pets. The animal protection organization Dyrevernalliansen is offering a reward for their arrest.
The warning comes after a man out walking his dog in Aurskog, northeast of Oslo, was knocked to the ground by men who tried to steal his dog last Friday evening. Several other attempts of men trying to steal dogs from their owners have been reported as well.
The attack on Friday was carried out by a man linked to a white Mercedes van. Witnesses described the van as having foreign license plates and carrying as many as four men. It’s been spotted in Akershus, Østfold and Vestfold counties in connection with dognapping attempts.
“We’re gathering photos from surveillance cameras at local gas stations,” sheriff Svein Engen in Aurskog-Høland told local newspaper Indre Akershus Blad. The animal rights group is offering a reward of NOK 5,000 to anyone whose tips lead to the arrest of the dognapping suspects.