A woman from Dunstable has been arrested in connection with the theft of eight dogs from a kennel in Wilden.
The woman in her 20s was arrested on Friday (18 September) on suspicion of burglary.
She has been released under investigation, pending further enquiries.
On Sunday (13 September) police received reports that eight dogs had been taken from a kennel in Wilden, including a black Labrador, two cocker spaniels and five English springer spaniels.
This comes after reports of a number of attempted dog thefts in the region.
Detective Sergeant Rachael Foy, from Bedfordshire Police’s Crime Investigation Team, said, “We are making good progress in our investigation and will not stand for this sort of organised criminality.
“We know that we are seeing an increase in this kind of criminal activity across the region, and would urge all kennel owners as well as dog owners to ensure their dogs and premises are secure.
“This includes ensuring dogs are micro chipped, installing CCTV and additional locks where possible, as well as not leaving dogs unattended in public places.”
Bedfordshire Police is working with other forces across the eastern region, UK Pet Detectives, DogLost and Pets4Homes to tackle this type of criminality.
Anyone with information about the incident can report it online or by calling 101, and quote reference number 40/49974/20.
If you wish to remain anonymous you can contact Crimestoppers by calling 0800 555 111.
If your dog has been stolen – report it to Bedfordshire Police by visiting its online reporting centre or by calling 101. You can also contact your local authority dog warden in Bedford, Central Bedfordshire or Luton.
Notify your microchip database provider immediately and advise Doglost.co.uk either via their website or Facebook page who can offer help, support and advice.
Bedfordshire Police will support anyone wishing to set up a local DogWatch group – please email email@example.com for more information.