Waterside Sinn Féin Councillor Christopher Jackson said
It’s shocking that once again people are targeting family pets .Several months ago we warned about a number of incidents in Derry and Strabane where it appeared that dogs had been poisoned by would-be thieves to prevent them from barking during break-ins.
In these incidents it now appears that homes are being marked so that criminals can return in the middle of the night or when the people are out to steal the family pet to either sell on or use in illegal dog fights.
This is really a new low in criminality, targeting defenceless pets to make a quick profit.
This criminal activity must be condemned and I would call on anyone with information on such incidents to bring it to the PSNI.
I would encourage all pet owners to be vigilant and to keep an eye on their pets to make sure they do not fall victim to this crime.”