Romain is 20 years old, he lives with his mother in Saint-Oulph. When he left for work Friday morning, he’s formal, Jade and Salco were fine in the yard. The first, an 8-year-old Brittany spaniel, was in a closed kennel. The second, a 10-year-old Jack Russell, was in the yard. But when he returns at the end of the day, Romain does not find his dogs.
” They were no longer there but the gate was closed and the door of the kennel too. Moreover there is no hole, neither in the kennel, nor elsewhere, so it is impossible that they both escaped “says the young man. “As soon as I saw that, I called the gendarmes who came to see, to take photos. On Saturday morning, I went to file a complaint with the gendarmerie of Méry-sur-Seine. I also went around the neighborhood but no one saw anything…”
70,000 dog thefts per year in France
Romain and his mother do not have much hope of finding their dogs. “We are disgusted, we do not understand how someone can do such a thing. Stealing an object or tools is one thing, but a dog is a member of the family! How can dogs be stolen? »
About 70,000 dogs are stolen from their owners every year in France. A figure that has been increasing since the start of the health crisis linked to Covid, because demand has exploded, driving up prices for some breeds.
If puppies are the most popular with thieves, older dogs are not spared, especially when they belong to breeds that can “bring in” several thousand euros on resale, such as French bulldogs, Chihuahuas or even the staffies. Animal trafficking in the world is very important, since it would be placed just behind drug trafficking and arms trafficking.
In Aube, no particular increase or particularly worrying phenomenon, according to the gendarmerie. But vigilance is required, and has even been encouraged by the town of Droupt-Sainte-Marie, neighboring Saint-Oulph, with its inhabitants.