This Is Grimsby [UK]
9 April 2013
FEARS dog nappers may be operating in the area have been dismissed by Humberside Police – who say it’s nothing more than an urban myth.
As reported on www.thisisgrimsby.co.uk, a number of Facebook groups were set up by worried dog owners following reports of men trawling the area looking to steal pets for dog fights.
Posts circulating on the social networking site suggested men were cold-calling at properties across the borough, claiming to be selling items door-to-door.
However, instead of offering items for sale, the men were said to make small talk before leaving, causing some to believe they were checking to see if the family kept a dog.
It said the men then marked the walls of the house, so they could return later to take the dog.
However, a police spokesman said officers had checked a number of reported wall “markings”, but had found they were nothing more than “wear and tear”. [...]