THIS IS OUTRAGEOUS AND WHY THE #PetTheftPetition WAS STARTED!!! Please sign:- https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/244530
The group were all handed SUSPENDED sentences at Lincoln Crown Court, following lengthy investigations which lead to the prosecution of two men and two women for their part in a burglary in Middle Rasen.
Two of the offenders admitted that they broke into an outbuilding at a property on Gainsborough Road. A total of 15 King Charles Spaniels were taken, including one which was pregnant.
Only one of the dogs has been recovered, found on the side of a motorway near Leeds. It is believed to have been thrown from a moving vehicle, but is now safe and well.
All four were charged and pleaded guilty to offences. Barry Darling (51) pleaded guilty to handling stolen property, sentenced to 16-months suspended for 18-months. Bridget Darling (40) pleaded guilty to handling stolen property, sentenced to 12-months suspended for 18-months. Craig Jackson (42) pleaded guilty to burglary other than dwelling, sentenced to 16-months suspended for 18-months. Barbara Petrie-Harrison (45) pleaded guilty to burglary other than dwelling, sentenced to 16-months suspended for 18-months. Read more:- https://lincolnshiretoday.net/mag/group-sentenced-for-stealing-15-king-charles-spaniels/
To add insult to injury we found this article from 2016:- Six men, five from the same family, have been sentenced to a total of 12 years in jail for conspiracy to steal railway cable. The gang were sentenced at Lincolnshire Crown Court on Monday, 11th January 2016. https://lincolnshiretoday.net/mag/cable-thieves-jailed-for-12-years/
In the response to the #PetTheftPetition Defra say ” The Sentencing Council updated its guidelines in relation to sentencing for theft offences in February 2016. The guidelines take account of the emotional distress and therefore harm that theft of personal items such as a pet can have on the victim and accordingly recommends higher penalties for such offences.” March 2018
In March 2018 the newspaper headline reads ‘Lincolnshire has worst record for dog theft‘ :- https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/lincolnshire-has-worst-record-for-dog-theft-v6ntckrd6
THIS PROVES OUR POINT THAT:- Pet Theft should be to a specific crime and a criminal offence.