Residents living in the towns of Pomfret and Portland in New York should be on the alert for a man going door to door posing as a dog warden.
A white man who appears to be in his 30s is attempting to seize homeowners' dogs because they were unlicensed. Two of the homes he selected owned Australian Shepherds. He was unsuccessful with both.
There is no information as to his intent, and it is unclear if he's been successful in confiscating animals from other unsuspecting owners.
Lt. James Quattrone from the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office states they are looking for the 6 ft. tall man, reportedly driving a small brown sedan.
He advises everyone to always get proper ID, never give out any information, and to call police if anything seems suspicious. A real animal control officer will serve a court summons if the dog isn't licensed - not just show up and take your dog.
Anyone with information should call Sgt. Inv. Pett at the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office, at 753-4498.
Please share this information with anyone you know in that area to keep their pets safe from harm.
Unfortunately, this can happen anywhere. Never surrender your pets, even to someone in a "proper uniform," without proper identification, and first checking with animal control to the validity of their claim.
Thanks for reading.
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