All 12 puppies and dogs allegedly stolen in Bristol have been returned to their rightful owners.
Three men were arrested in Southwick after two adult dogs and five puppies were taken from a Bristol property yesterday night (January 27).
The men, aged 18, 48 and 51, are in custody at Melksham Police Station after being detained on suspicion of theft.
Get more of the biggest stories from across Bristol straight to your inbox.
An Avon and Somerset Police spokesperson wrote in a tweet this evening: “All the stolen dogs and puppies have now been reunited with their owners.”
The dogs and puppies were recovered following an intelligence-led joint police operation by Wiltshire Police’s response unit Operation Fortitude in conjunction with the Avon and Somerset Police.
The 12 dogs seized included those seven allegedly stolen from Bristol and five others also believed to have been stolen.
Police also seized a number of weapons and two vehicles.
Sergeant Garry Epps, from Operation Fortitude, said: “This was a fantastic example of cross-border partnership working and we were pleased to achieve such a positive result for our colleagues in Avon and Somerset.
“Not only have we been able to retrieve the seven dogs stolen in yesterday’s theft, but we also now have five other dogs which can hopefully be returned to their rightful owners.”
Sergeant Catherine Leigh, from Avon and Somerset Police, said: “This is a prime example of an intelligence-led policing operation between two forces which has resulted in the swift recovery of these dogs.
“We’re delighted they have now been returned to their rightful owners and will be carrying out a full investigation into the incident.”