In September 2014, Stolen and Missing Pets Alliance (SAMPA) was launched at Westminster, we were delighted that both Neil Parish MP, Chairman of APGAW and Angela Smith MP, shadow Defra minister were present, together with our great champion of dog welfare, Marc Abraham, PupAid.
Both MPs agreed that there was a definite need to change the sentencing of pet theft and both agreed to support SAMPA’s submission to the Sentencing Council on a cross party platform by writing to the Council endorsing the need to reclassify pet theft and to have a custodial sentence.
Today is another positive step forward in our campaign to get better penalties to deter pet theft and also help reunite missing microchipped pets with their families.
Our campaign for this and the compulsory scanning and checking of microchips starts today.
Main picture left to right: Arnot Wilson, Dog Union; Marc the Vet, Pup Aid; Angela Smith MP, shadow Defra Minister, Neil Parish I MP, Chairman Associate Parliamentary Group for Animal Welfare; Debbie Matthews and Gizmo (reunited stolen dog), Vets Get Scanning; Nik Oakley, Doglost; Richard Jordan, Pet Theft Awareness.
DogLost Award-winning DogLost is the country’s premier pet reunification service. Its automated alerts and poster generation is supported by a network of volunteers who offer advice and support on the ground as well as the website. It works closely with the police, dog wardens and rescues and it is at the forefront of fighting back against the rising crime of dog theft. The service is entirely free to owners and it helped more than 12,000 last year.
Dog Union The Dog Union is a social media based organisation.
It was formed in June 2012. It now sees its roll primarily as an educational and lobbying organisation working in the areas of canine health and welfare, puppy buying and dog theft although still taking an interest in dog showing and other canine related matters.
Pet Theft Awareness This is our chance to highlight to a wider audience the misery that thieves are causing by stealing pets and horses. We have three main aims: Prevention, guidance to victims, and to campaign for tougher laws. If you own a pet the chances are that someone else will want it! Some will be irreplaceable pets and many will be highly trained and valuable working dogs.
Vets Get Scanning When Sir Bruce Forsyth’s daughter’s microchipped dogs were stolen in May’06, the family found out how the microchip system in place was letting responsible pet owners down. They have been campaigning to get compulsory microchip scanning by vets, rescues, dog wardens and other authorities dealing with deceased pets. You only find out how microchipping does not work when your pet goes missing!