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Police are currently on the hunt for the owners of 10 stolen dogs recovered from a raid in Surrey.
The pooches were amongst animals seized when police executed a search warrant in Surrey earlier this month.
Two-year-old Cocker Spaniel pup Willow was one of the dogs who was seized in the hopes of being reunited with her real owners, alongside nine others.
Now, detectives at Crawley CID are working alongside Sussex Police's Rural Crime Team in order to help identify the remaining dogs and return them to their lawful owners.
The animals that were seized are a mix of Lurchers and Spaniels, and they are currently being looked after at a secure location.
A 30-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods and has been released under investigation, pending further enquiries.
While we don't have a location of where the dogs are yet, for operational reasons, anyone who might know anything about the owners has been advised to come forward.
Det Chief Inspector John Wallace, of Crawley CID, said: "We are desperately seeking the lawful owners of the remaining dogs which were seized in the recent warrant.
"We are working through all information meticulously and pursuing other lines of enquiry to progress the identification of these dogs.
"While we continue to progress enquiries on identification our priority continues to be around the health and welfare of the dogs and medical treatment is ongoing."
DCI Wallace added: "We appreciate this has been an agonising time for those members of the public with missing pets who have been waiting for further information.
"Following the recovery of the dogs, Suffolk Police are looking to explore developments in the burglary investigation and are working closely with Sussex Police to assist us with our ongoing investigation."
Sussex Police launched Operation Collar in January, led by the Rural Crime Team, to respond to and help prevent dog thefts.
Anyone with information about the stolen dogs is asked to email [email protected]
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