The theft of dogs

The theft of dogs is on the increase. More than 5,000 dogs have been reported to the police as stolen in England and Wales since the start of 2013, a BBC investigation has found.
The investigation also suggests that the most ‘desired’ breeds by thieves and therefore most likely to be targeted are Staffordshire Bull Terriers and small/toy ‘designer’ breeds like French Bulldogs and Pugs.
Conservative MP Gareth Johnson has called for a specific crime of pet theft to be introduced. He wants the government to recognise the effect dog theft can have on owners, stating that stealing a dog is “currently deemed no more serious than stealing other possessions”.
It is a legal requirement that all dogs are micro chipped  and you have more chance of being reunited with your dog if it is microchipped. Your dog should also wear a collar and an ID tag.
Please do not leave your dogs alone in the garden or in a car, and please please  please do not leave them tied up outside a shop. Keep them safe.

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