A dog reported stolen was returned to its Raymond Terrace owner yesterday amid the hysteria of illegal dog fighting.
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Striker, a bull mastiff/great Dane cross was found only hours after he was stolen.

Media reports put two men at a Charles Street address before the alleged theft. The men were aged 20 to 30 and one wore highly fluorescent work clothing.

Port Stephens Local Area Command crime manager detective inspector Peter Mahon said social media was exploding with hearsay and urged people to calm down.

“There are a lot of rumours circulating at the moment,” he said. “This alleged dog fighting; we

have received no information that there is any illegal dog fighting in the Port Stephens LAC.”

A Raymond Terrace resident found Striker late Monday on Jacaranda Street and took the dog to a veterinarian clinic nearby to be checked for a microchip. He has since been returned to the owner.

Reports have circulated on the social media site Facebook of a white Hilux utility, seen at Williamtown last Friday, implicated in the attempted theft of dogs.

Whistleblowers spotted what appeared to be the same utility at Kurri Kurri that afternoon and at 2.45pm speeding out of Cessnock.

On Sunday, following the sightings, an attempted theft was reported to police at Warners Bay.

Items were taken from the laundry of Catherine Benge’s house; a committee member of animal welfare group So Cares.

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