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Friday, 17 June 2011 11:58

Sask. farmers urged to watch out for scam

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The Saskatchewan Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Sask. SPCA) has received reports of livestock thefts occurring shortly after the owner receives a call from a person purporting to be from the SPCA.

Several owners have reported that they received a phone call from a person who identified himself as being from the SPCA. The person on the phone states that the SPCA will be coming to inspect the animals.

During the course of the conversation, the person determines a date when the owner will be away from home.

Thefts are reported to have occurred on the date the owners have indicated that they will be gone.

The Saskatchewan SPCA does not contact owners in advance of an initial inspection.

Only in the cases where there has already been an on-site inspection by the Saskatchewan SPCA would an Animal Protection Officer contact the owner to arrange a time for a follow up visit.

“If you have concerns about the identity of the person who is phoning, you can ask for the name of the Animal Protection Officer and his or her badge number,” said Kaley Pugh, Manager of Animal Protection Services.

"Call the Saskatchewan SPCA office at 1-877-382-7722 to confirm this information."

Saskatchewan SPCA Animal Protection Officers carry a badge and photo identification. Owners may also want to contact their local RCMP detachment to report any suspicious phone calls.

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