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Dog Theft Awareness Day – 14th March

Dog Theft Awareness Day is around the corner and it is an issue that, despite recent political events gets very little coverage.

More than 5,000 dogs have been reported stolen to police forces in England and Wales since the start of 2013, a BBC investigation has found. (Link here)

This shows a 22% increase within the last two years so it is pretty safe to say that it’s a worryingly sharp rise and one that I feel needs highlighting in Parliament. Fortunately the MP for Dartford, Gareth Johnson is keen to discuss this and propose a change in dog theft legislation.

Many may already know that in the eyes of the courts, animals are viewed as chattels, or possessions. If I asked most of my readers and fellow dog owners if they had to put a ‘value’ of a dog it would be absolutely priceless.

Nottinghamshire Police recorded the highest rate of dog thefts between 2013 and 2016. There were some two dogs stolen per 10,000 people served by the force.

It’s difficult to put a monetary value on something that holds so dear to the family? Sadly the value of a family loved dog would be found to have the same value as the chair I am sitting on. The courts would have very little interest in upholding the law in tragic cases of a dog being stolen, even if it was used in cases of dog fighting, puppy farming etc.

That is where the law needs to be reformed.

Dog Theft Awareness Day is around the corner and those need to make sure their voice is heard! Fortunately I will be attending talks within Parliament on the 14th of March to discuss these issues. Do you have an experience of dog theft? Do you know someone that has been a victim of this thoughtless crime? Leave a comment or email me at mark@walden.me and I will do my best to raise this to those who have authority.

Handy advice from www.pettheft.co.uk