Watch out thieves are about
Dog theft is on the rise
Sadly, many animals in the UK are stolen from their guardians. Their theft is generally categorised as robbery or burglary but lead to minimal sentencing.
There are many ways to help protect your companion animal from being stolen, here are just a few;
- Avoid leaving your dog in your car or tied up anywhere, especially outside shops, busy shopping malls, this leaves them vulnerable to thieves.
- When out walking your canine always vary the times and your routes. Be mindful of people asking too many questions about your dog too.
- When out and about your four-legged friend should also wear an ID tag.
When they are stolen, they can be moved quickly and taken miles within a short period of time.
From eight weeks old, all dogs need to be microchipped, in fact since 6th April 2016 it was compulsory under UK law. Therefore, it’s vital to ensure the details on the chip are up to date.
If someone steals or mistreats an animal they could be in breach of the Animal Welfare Act, with a maximum penalty fine of £20,000 an or six months imprisonment.
Wherever you are always make sure your furry friend is protected and safe. Secure garden boundaries, lock gates, fit visible alarms to your home and always keep your dog in view.
There are many dog theft networks working at local and national levels, all stealing for profit.
If your dog is stolen, it’s important to act quickly, report it immediately to the police and make sure it’s recorded as theft and get a crime reference number. You need to ensure that the microchip database is informed too so no one can try to re-register the chip number.
Create a poster with a current photo asap and post everywhere you can, local businesses, vets, rescue centres, shelters including online, post to as many lost and missing websites as you can.
Contact local animal shelters and rescue charities and send them your flyers to display.
This can be a very traumatic time for animal guardians, so acting quickly could help you be reunited with your love one.