According to DailyMail, a Ministry of Justice spokesman recognised that “we are aware of the distress the disappearance of a pet can cause, especially if there are suspicions it has been stolen”, however the punishment for dog theft is still deemed no more serious than stealing any other possessions, like say your TV.
Why are dog thefts on the rise?
The main reasons for these dog thefts are financial – thieves can get a lot of money from stealing puppies and dogs. It has been said that thieves are targeting Staffordshire bull terriers and tiny designer breeds, like miniature French bulldogs and pugs which are popular with celebrities.
These dogs have become very popular and are in high demand in the UK. So naturally, they’re quite hard to find and can be very expensive. For example, a British bulldog is about £1,800 for a puppy. It seems that thieves are targeting female dogs as female bulldog can net thousands of pounds worth of puppies.
What can I do to prevent dog theft?
While these statistics are worrying, there a few things you can do to prevent your dog from being stolen:
- Microchip your dog, this will help bring your dog back to you if they end up at a Vet or Animal Shelter
- Make sure your dog never leaves your sight when you’re out for walks and vary your route
- Never leave your dog unattended outside a shop. Try finding a dog sitter to help keep your dog safe when you’re busy running errands
- Consider looking into a security system to monitor your pets and your home while you’re out
- You could also consider neutering your pup so that they don’t become a target of theft for breeders
- And of course, if your dog has been stolen report the theft to the police before you do anything else
If you want more tips on keeping your dog safe read our latest blog, Tips on Leaving Your Dog Home Alone.