Residents are being urged to protect their pups after four working dogs were stolen in three separate dog-nappings in southern NSW.
Police issued the warning on Wednesday after the thefts occurred in the Goulburn and Taralga areas over the past three weeks.
The precious pooches that were stolen include an eight-month-old, yellow and white-coloured male Kelpie and three five-month-old red Kelpie puppies.
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Two of the Kelpie puppies are male and have tan-coloured legs, while the third is female and has a white-coloured neck and front legs.
The rural community is being warned to be vigilant when looking after pets and to keep them safe and secure.
Anyone with information, or who may be offered a pup for sale, is urged to come forward.
You can report also information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via nsw.crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.