Following the Initial Report from Kent Police (see below), we have received the following guidance from the local PCSO
The incident is being treated as an isolated incident and we would encourage residents and dog walkers to go about their normal day, that said there are a few points we would encourage people to do when out and about;
– Be vigilant of surroundings and people who are out, look for any suspicious behaviour
– Keep dogs on leads at all times
– Where possible be with another dog walker/ friend/ family member
I must reiterate that this is being treated as an isolated incident and is currently under investigation. Any such activity should be reported to the police immediately.
Initial Report from Kent Police
We are urging dog owners to be vigilant after a report of an attempted #theft of a #dog in Boughton Monchelsea.
A man was walking his dog along a footpath off Hubbard’s Lane between 7.30am and 8.30am this morning when two men tried to steal his dog. When the victim challenged them he and the dog were reportedly sprayed with an unknown substance by one of the men.
The victim was taken to hospital suffering from the effects of the substance and the dog was taken to the vets as a precaution.
The first man is described as being in his 40s and of a large build. He was wearing a white shirt and jeans. The second man is described as being in his 30s and slim.
DS Jemma Cropper said: ‘We are urging dog walkers in the area to be vigilant and are advising them to keep dogs on leads.
‘We are also appealing for anyone with information about the incident or who recognises the descriptions of the two men to contact us.’
If you can help, please call us on 01622 604100, quoting reference 19-0357.
Alternatively, you can contact the independent charity #Crimestoppers in Kent anonymously on 0800 555111.