Dog theft is on the rise for the fourth year in a row, and we want to help stop this.
In 2015 dog thefts went up by a third in comparison to 2014, and shockingly, data reveals that over 70 percent of dogs were stolen from their homes.
While many of these may seem obvious, here are some of the best ways to ensure your dog’s safety.
- Ensure all borders and gates are secure when your dog is in the garden
- Never leave your pet outside a shop or alone in the car
- Ensure your dog is microchipped with all details up to date
- If your dog is home alone, try to prevent them from sitting on window ledges where they can be visible from the street
- Be aware of strangers asking questions about your dog and try to walk your dog in well lit areas to ensure both your safety and theirs
- Take regular clear photos of your dog from various angles so that if the worst does happen, you are prepared
If you do find yourself in the situation where your dog can’t be found, contact the following people,
- Local Wardens and rescue centres
- Microchip database
- Insurance company
- Social media
Should the worst happen, BlueCross offer a pet bereavement support service for anyone who is experiencing the loss of a pet. You can reach the team on 0800 096 6606.
If you are keen to make your mark against pet theft in the UK, you can sign a petition launched by Stolen & Missing Pets Alliance (SAMPHA).
The purpose of this petition is to raise awareness and review the sentencing guidelines for theft offences, so that where the theft of a family pet is involved, monetary value is irrelevant for the categorisation of the crime for sentencing purposes.
They also want to ensure Police Forces are given appropriate guidance and training to record and investigate cases.
You can sign their petition here.
‘Pet theft is currently seen as no different to the theft of an inanimate object – despite pets being sentient beings. The theft of pets is generally categorised as robbery or burglary, but lead to minimal sentences. Enforcement of existing laws do not currently act as a deterrent or fit the crime itself.’, says SAMPHA.
We hope that our tips have been useful and raise awareness of the current pet theft issues in the UK.