Gardaí are appealing for information following the theft of four dogs from their home outside Castlecomer.
At at around 8pm last night (December 8) in the Smithstown area of Castlecomer, four French Bulldogs were taken from their home.
These dogs are registered, micro chipped and much-loved and their heartbroken owners are appealing to anyone with information to contact the gardaí.
Cathaoirleach of Kilkenny Council Council Andrew McGuinness warned pet owners to be vigilant.
"The amount of family pets that have been stolen has increased dramatically in recent months along with the price of dogs for sale. It has become a lucrative market.
"The dog owners in Smithstown, Castlecomer, are another example of a family who have had their beloved family pets taken from them. It can be a heartbreaking experience, especially when there are children who adore their pets. Those French Bulldogs were registered, micro chipped and well cared for so it seems there is nothing that stops these ruthless thieves. They simply don't care about hurt they cause.
"I want to urge everyone to report any suspicious dog sales to the gardai and in this particular case, to keep a look out for the sale of these lovely dogs and to share the post on social media to help the family reunite with them.
Anyone with information can contact the gardai in Kilkenny on (056) 7775000.