Sheepdog stolen from Devon recovered by police in Warwickshire
A SHEEPDOG snatched in the dead of night from a farm in Devon was quickly recovered by Warwickshire Police at an address in Southam.
Fern, a Border Collie, was stolen from a farm in Thornbury overnight on Monday (6th December).
The working dog, responsible for keeping 800 sheep, is a key part of the farm’s operation as well as a beloved family member.
Devon and Cornwall police contacted the Warwickshire Rural Crime Team (WRCT) after information emerged that Fern might be in the south Warwickshire area.
A specialist dog officer from Warwickshire, along with several members of the WRCT, visited a property in Southam where a Border Collie was discovered.
Officers used their pet chip scanners to confirm the dog was Fern and took her from the property.
A Warwickshire Police statement said: “Fern is as exceptional working Collie. The theft not only impacted the farmer’s ability to control their flock, but the worry of losing a four legged family member must have been awful.
“This result is a great early Christmas present for the team and really shows what's possible with borderless policing.”
Officers added that four men from the Southam address were assisting with enquiries.