The theft of dogs
5 Jun |
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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.