A man was arrested and charged by members of An Garda Síochána following the theft of a dog and threats made to the dog’s owner.

The incident occurred in Co. Cork last week, on Sunday, April 11.

In a statement on the matter, a spokesperson for An Garda Síochána said:

“Gardaí have arrested and charged a man in relation to a robbery incident on Ballincollie Road, Ballyvolane, Co. Cork on April 11, 2021.

“At around 4:30p.m a man was out walking his dog when a car pulled up beside him. A man exited the car, armed with what is believed to be a hammer, and threatened the man to hand over his dog.

The dog was then taken and put in the car, which then left the area.

The representative added:

“The incident was reported to Gardaí and as part of the investigation the dog was recovered by Detective Gardaí from Watercourse Road and returned to the owner on April 12.

“A man, aged in his late 20s, was arrested on April 19 and detained at Mayfield Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act, 1984.

“He has since been charged and is due to appear before Cork City District Court this morning [Tuesday, April 20] at 10:30a.m,” the Garda spokesperson concluded.

This is the latest in a series of dog thefts in recent weeks and months. An Garda Síochána has offered advice on theft prevention measures owners can take here.