DAWSON CREEK, B.C. -Pet owners are being urged to keep an eye on their furry friends after multiple missing dog reports prior to the new year.

Dawson Creek SPCA posted the notice on their Facebook page on January 1st asking pet owners not to leave pets unattended outdoors.

“It seems to be when these animals are loose outdoors, and it seems to be targeted primarily in rural areas. That’s not saying it couldn’t happen in town, obviously,” says Branch Manager Wendy Davies.

Davies, who has worked at the SPCA for 11 years, notes this isn’t the first time multiple reports have been made in the Peace Region in a short amount of time.

“It seems to happen in waves.”

She adds the biggest concern is the animals disappearing “seemingly without a trace” based on reports from residents.

Unless pet owners have reported it themselves, the RCMP usually doesn’t get involved.

“Without any evidence as to fence damage or a yard broken into, those types of things, it’s very difficult for them to proceed.”

The shelter hasn’t received any missing pet reports since last week.