It comes after employees at Parsonage Farm, who had returned from lambing earlier this morning (1 March), reported that twelve Border Collies puppies and a breeding dog had been stolen.
It is alleged that seven people were seen walking around the yard at around 1.40am, having broken into numerous farm buildings in an attempt to locate farm machinery.
Subsequently, the dog and puppies were stolen before they fled the scene.
The family owners have said; “A black and white collie bitch and her 3-day old pups have been stolen from Parsonage farm, Bramshaw, New forest. We need to find them! The puppies need a heat lamp and will die if they get cold.
Also Stolen 6 X 5 weeks old collie pups WITHOUT their mother.”
Hampshire police said;
“We appreciate that these events will have a significant impact on the local rural community and we are asking anyone who may have seen anything suspicious or perhaps caught any people or vehicles in the vicinity on CCTV to come forward.
It is likely that these puppies will be sold via online websites and platforms, so we are asking residents to be aware in case they see a litter of Border Collie puppies being advertised locally at a cut-down price. ”
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact 101, quoting crime reference number 44220083039.