County residents raise concerns about pet thefts

(WIS) – Citizens across Lexington County have taken to social media for months to share instances of their pets being stolen.

While many of their accounts online vary, one common detail in most of them is that the suspects are driving a pickup trick.

A Gaston woman only known as Ashley told WIS it was just days ago when she alone in her home when Chief, her Husky, was nearly taken. She says Chief was tied up in the back yard when the men pulled up in their truck and one jumped the fence.

Ashley says the man walked over to Chief and grabbed him by the collar. When she approached him and asked what he was doing, she says the man explained he was told there was a free dog for him to pick up on the property. As she continued to question the man, she says he began to stutter That’s when the conversation got tense.

“When I asked him to leave, he just stood there like he wasn’t intimidated by me at all,”€ Ashley said. “I felt like he was still going to try and take my dog and I was home alone. My husband wasn’t there and I knew, if he decided to do that, there would have been nothing I could have done.”

Ashley says the man eventually dropped Chief’s leash and left her property. However, she says the same truck appeared in her neighborhood again just days later.

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department says it has not received any officials reports of pet thefts, but they encourage anyone with a complaint to call CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC.

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