Pet Abduction to be made a criminal offence in crackdown on pet theft #PetTheftReform

Pet Theft Taskforce delivers report with recommendations to tackle reported rise of pet theftGovernment working with the police to improve recording and tracking of pet abduction casesImprovements to pet microchipping processes to support the identification of lost and stolen dogs A new criminal offence for pet abduction is set to be introduced under government plans …

Police warning over suspected dog thief in South Ribble, Lancashire #PetTheftReform

Dog owners have been warned about a “suspicious man” who they believe might be trying to steal dogs in South Ribble. Police have received a number of similar reports describing the man who appears to be targeting dog walkers in Lostock Hall. PCSO Kieran Robinson has been tasked with investigating the reports and raising awareness …

IRELAND: The Dáil is to consider a motion to increase the penalties for the theft of pets #PetTheftReform

The Regional Group of TDs wants the Government to use a bill that is currently being considered by the Oireachtas as a legal mechanism to change the law quickly and act as a further deterrent against pet theft. There were 244 dogs reported as stolen in 2020, according to approximate figures from An Garda Síochána’s …

Stolen bulldogs: Puppies returned to Wellingborough owners #PetTheftReform

Police have thanked thieves for “having some humanity” after five stolen English bulldog puppies were returned safely following an armed raid. The five-week-old dogs were taken from Windermere Drive, Wellingborough at about 16:20 GMT on Monday. Northamptonshire Police said three men entered a house “and threatened the occupants with weapons before making off with the …

Getting serious about pet theft- by Andrew Rosindell MP #PetTheftReform

Romford MP and animal welfare campaigner Andrew Rosindell, today writes in the Havering Daily about pet theft. 2020 was a year filled with horrors, chiefly those caused by, and related to, the coronavirus pandemic. One of those severely underdiscussed issues is the troubling rise in pet theft, detailed by retired Senior Detective Mark Randell recently …

Dognappers get violent as price of puppies rises.

Article in The Times today by John Simpson, Crime Correspondent.16th January 2021 Thank you for raising awareness about #PetTheftReform and #FernsLaw Link to the mentioned Government consultation on Microchipping and scanning: online survey https://consult.defra.gov.uk/companion-animals-team/cat-and-dog-microchipping-and-scanning-in-england/consultation/intro/ New #MakeChipsCount petition link to help missing microchipped dogs and cats get back home:- https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/551556 https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/dognappers-get-violent-as-price-of-puppies-rises-xs8ptpx9k

As if things weren’t bad enough, now dognappers are targeting our pets #PetTheftReform

Heartless thieves have taken the one pleasure lockdown afforded us and filled it with fear, all for the sake of making money. The Telegraph,14 January 2021. Hannah Betts The average price of a puppy doubled during 2020 A new horror is stalking the nation’s streets: dognapping, lockdown having yielded what one politician refers to as …

Families left ‘devastated’ as dogs and puppies stolen in separate overnight thefts #PetTheftReform

Police have issued a warning following the two incidents near Neath and Swansea A total of six animals were snatched in separate incidents in Llandarcy, near Neath, and Llangyfelach, near Swansea, and officers say they fear some of the young pups are unlikely to survive without their mother. Two black and white old English cross …

Criminals have been cashing in on the demand for puppies during the lockdown by stealing pedigree dogs and holding them to ransom #PetTheftReform

Article from Insurance Times:Insurance will not cover a ransom charge for stolen pets These dogs are being used for intensive breeding to meet the demand for puppies as the UK general public continues to work from home, according to Sky News, one pet owner who had her dogs stolen received video threats for a ransom. …

Dog thieves in Swindon are targeting women walking their pets #PetTheftReform

FEMALE dog owners are warning others to be on the alert after they were approached by men who tried to take their pets. In one incident a rescued dog was grabbed while being walked by her heavily pregnant owner. Police are investigating. She told the Adver: “I was at Shaw Forest at about 11:30. I …

Dog theft petition launches after rise in dog snatching attempts during lockdown #PetTheftReform

The demand for puppies this year has been rife with overloaded rescue centres, inflated prices, greedy breeders and in the worst case, an increase in pet thefts. Bracknell has been no stranger to this, with dog theft cases being reported by walkers in the past few months. In October, a dog walker warned residents to …