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Garda probe Suspects caught on camera in attempted break in at dog rescue centre

"They had obviously staked out the place before hand," the owner said.

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The suspects caught on camera at the animal rescue centre

The suspects caught on camera at the animal rescue centre

The suspects caught on camera at the animal rescue centre

These are the suspects caught on camera as they attempt to break into a dog rescue centre on the Tipperary/Kilkenny border during the week.

Gardaí are investigating after several individuals in a vehicle approached the Paws Animal Rescue, which is located in a remote, rural location on Wednesday night at approximately 9.30pm.

However, they were spotted and fled empty handed.

Founder of the centre, Gina Herrington, recalled how security cameras captured images of the three “characters” in a vehicle on the night.

“They seemed to know the lay of the land,” Gina told sundayworld.com. “

Because they also seemed to know where the security cameras where.

“We have footage of them coming around the corner at 9pm, past the first camera. They reversed back and then they went around the block and came back with some kind of a pole and knocked the camera off.

That’s the worrying thing, they had obviously staked out the place before hand.”

Gina, on whose property the rescue centre is located, said it was the first time since they had set up there in 2006 that they had been targeted in his way.

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The suspects caught on camera at the animal rescue centre

The suspects caught on camera at the animal rescue centre

The suspects caught on camera at the animal rescue centre

She said they have 72 retired greyhounds in the kennels but that this was “not the type of place that these guys target”.

“There were three of them in a jeep and you can’t fit that many greyhounds in a jeep,” she said. “And anyway, there’s no value in those greyhounds. They’re all tattooed and have microchips and they’re neutered. If they were any good for racing they wouldn't be here.

“It’s possible they thought we might have puppies, which seems to be what these guys are going for,” she added. “The woman whose corgis were stolen earlier in the week is located 12 miles away.”

Gina said that on the night, "there were three of us up in the house and we always have somebody keeping an eye on the cameras”.

“We spotted something and one of the guys drove down there with the flash lamp and a rottweiler and they scarpered.

“They didn’t get through the gate, they had just their hand in over the gate and had broken a third security camera, but they were copped on the camera and they took off across the fields.

“It was very nerve wracking,” she admitted. “We’re double on the alert here now. When I first moved here from Dublin I'd often leave the key in the hall door going to bed. That won't be happening any more.”

Gardai said investigations are ongoing.

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