Pet owners across the region are urged to take extra care of their animals from thieves.
It’s due to reports of suspicious activity linked to the theft of dogs, including the painting of walls and gates of houses with dogs.
Gardaí have issued an appeal to the public to take extra crime prevention measures when it comes to caring for high-value breeds of dogs in particular.
Some of the reasons for dog thefts include the ease of resale, reward money and for their use in illegal activity.
Eavan Caulfield is the PRO of the Mayo SPCA and she is advising dog owners to keep dogs inside where possible.