HOME SAFE: One of the pups reported stolen from a home in Maryborough.
HOME SAFE: One of the pups reported stolen from a home in Maryborough.

Puppies targeted by thieves on Fraser Coast

A MARYBOROUGH family has been reunited with two six-week-old pups after it is believed they had been stolen from their home.

"I was worried I wouldn't get my pups back," owner Tracey Cicero said.

Tracey said two English staffordshire terrier pups from a litter of nine were discovered missing on Monday between 12.30 and 2pm.

It is believed the pups, which were advertised for sale on social media, had been taken from the lower level of the home. After contacting police and turning to social media for help, Tracey said she was overwhelmed by the community support in helping her find the pups.

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One of the pups had rare colouring for its breed - grey hair with blue eyes. They were located yesterday in a yard a few houses down the street. "I received an inbox telling me some people had found my pups," Tracey said.

One of the puppies believed to have been stolen from a home in Maryborough.
One of the puppies believed to have been stolen from a home in Maryborough. contributed

"I am so happy; the pressure of social media and the way the town rallied had my pups returned safe and sound," she said.

Maryborough police Acting Sergeant Matt Walker said police were continuing to investigate the incident. Sgt Walker said there weren't many cases of stolen dogs reported to police on the Fraser Coast.

"We use the eyes and ears of the community. If it's happening (dogs being stolen) people aren't reporting it to police," Sgt Walker said.

He said it was a timely reminder for residents to be wary of privacy security when advertising on social media.



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