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One of the dogs, an Italian mastiff, is thought to be worth as much as €15,000

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An American bull terrier (stock photo)

An American bull terrier (stock photo)

An American bull terrier (stock photo)

A criminal gang from the Ballyfermot area of Dublin are the prime suspects for the theft of dogs worth tens of thousands of euro from a dog pound in the city during the week.

The dogs, which had previously been seized, were stolen from Ashton Dog Pound on Wednesday before they were due to be transferred to another facility.

Gardai believe an organised crime gang based around Ballyfermot and Clondalkin were behind the theft of the dogs.

Three American bull terriers and a Cane Corso were taken during the raid and have yet to be located.

The bull terriers are estimated to be worth around €5,000 each while the Cane Corso, which is an Italian breed of mastiff which is rare in Ireland, could fetch as much as €15,000.

The dogs are restricted breeds and can be aggressive.

Last December a 12-year-old boy had his face ripped apart by a vicious American bulldog in Dublin.

Darryl Brady-Graham was out playing football with his pals in Clonsilla when he was attacked by the dog in a horrific incident that left him with 150 stitches in his face. That dog was subsequently put down.

The dogs stolen in Wednesday’s raids had previously been seized by authorities and were due to be transferred out of Ashton but were taken before they could be moved.

A garda spokesman said that as of today the dogs have yet to be located.

“Gardaí are investigating the theft of four dogs that occurred at a premises on the River Road in Cabra, Co.Dublin on Wednesday, 13th October 2021. No arrests have been made. Investigations are ongoing,” a spokesman said.

The criminal figures suspected of taking the dogs were gone when gardai arrived but officers spoke to other people who were at the pound in relation to the incident.

American pitbulls and other breeds of dangerous dogs have become increasingly popular in recent years and some owners enter them in illegal dog fighting.

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Gardai are increasingly coming across such dogs when carrying out raids on the homes of suspected criminals.

Gardai shot and killed a pitbull during a raid in Dublin’s north inner city in February after it went to attack a member of the armed support unit.

A similar incident occurred in January when a member of the ASU shot a pitbull after it had bit an officer during a raid in Rialto on the southside of the city.

In another incident earlier this year the ISPCA seized six American pitbulls after a garda operation where drugs and cash were seized in Roscommon.

In July the Finglas drug dealer Mr Flashy were left angered criminals stole his French bulldog which he had imported for a five figure sum.

A rival west Dublin gang taunted the criminal over the theft of his dog with videos posted on social media.

Under the Control of Dogs (Restriction of Certain Dogs) Regulations, 1991, certain breeds of dog including American pit bulls must be kept on a short, strong lead and controlled by a capable person over 16 years of age. Owners or others in charge of such dogs must keep them muzzled in a public place.

The maximum penalty for not keeping a dog under control is a maximum fine of €2,500, three months in prison or both.

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