Men Posing as Animal Control Officers Attempt to Steal Dogs
Authorities are warning local residents about three men reportedly attempting to steal dogs by impersonating animal control agents.
Moore County Animal Control received a call Thursday from a resident in the High Falls area of the county alerting it to the impostors.
“We believe they are trying to steal dogs, but we are unsure of the reason why,” said Animal Control Officer Frank Ringelberg.
Ringelberg said the three white men were dressed in white shirts and blue pants and carrying catch poles. A homeowner returning from an errand confronted the suspects in her driveway as they attempted to take her Great Dane, Ringelberg said.
“They are really trying to impersonate an animal control officer,” Ringelberg said. “Each one of the men was driving a white truck with dog cages in the back.”
Ringelberg said the homeowner did not allow the men to take her dog, and she called Animal Control. When they left, they reportedly told her that they would be back in two weeks to check on her dog’s rabies vaccination.
Aside from their clothing, authorities have little in the way of description of the men, Ringelberg said. One suspect has gray hair and is estimated to be in his 40s or 50s. The other two men are younger, believed to be in their 30s.
Moore County Animal Control officers always carry identification badges, and they wear uniforms and drive marked vehicles.
“We are always identifiable,” Ringelberg said.
Anyone with information on the impersonators or who sees something suspicious is asked to call the Moore County Sheriff’s Office at (910) 947-2831.
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