Vandals attack dog walkers’ cars in Rotherham

The group of dog walkers
The group of dog walkers
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A group of dog-walkers are barking mad after their cars were vandalised while they took their pets out.

The group, who all own Rottweilers, parked their vehicles on Poplar Way, Catcliffe, Rotherham, before walking around local fields.

One of the damaged cars

One of the damaged cars

But when they returned around two-and-a-half hours later, six vehicles had been scratched with keys - causing hundreds of pounds worth of damage.

Victoria Walker, who owns two-year-old Rottweiler Clyde, said they had not realised what had happened until the following day when people separately posted pictures of their damaged cars on Facebook.

Victoria, aged 34, from Base Green, Sheffield, said the group members had met via the Rottweiler UK Facebook page and decided to start meeting up for walks around a year ago. They meet up every couple of months to go walking around the Waverley Lakes development.

She said: “Because of the breed of dog, not everybody is happy to see Rottweilers. 
“It is such a great place to meet because it is so big you don’t have to go near anyone else with dogs.”

One of the damaged cars

One of the damaged cars

She claimed the day after the walk, one of the group posted on the Facebook group asking if anyone else had scratches on their car.

“That is when everybody starting saying ‘we have’. I couldn’t believe somebody would do something like that,” she said.

“We have gone out to a big open space and we don’t really bother anybody. We just try and keep out of the way and all of the dogs are great. It just makes me angry and I don’t know if somebody has done it because of the dogs.

“Cars got vandalised with big scratches all over them, as someone obviously didn’t like us being there with our big soft bears.

One of the damaged cars

One of the damaged cars

“Ours was the full length of our bonnet. It has caused hundreds if not thousands of pounds in damage.”

The incident happened at around 1pm on Sunday, November 16.

One of the damaged cars

One of the damaged cars

The group of dog walkers

The group of dog walkers