Let’s Talk Dog Thefts
Due to the pandemic, inflated prices and high demand, we are now seeing more dog thefts than ever. The demand for dogs outweighs the supply which has now created an unthinkable black market.
This topic really does bring a tear to my eye and we need to work harder than ever to keep our dogs safe.
The Dogs Trust have reported over 2,000 dogs stolen and 60% of those are never found. These number are only increasing and it is our duty to our pets to ensure their safety.
Dogs are currently being taken from inside homes, gardens, cars or even on the street whilst on walks.
So, what can we do to stay alert?
Look out for tags
Dog nappers have been reported to use tags. They are targeting an area weeks in advance and tagging or marking gates and doors where vulnerable pets are living. If you notice this it should be reported immediately.
Be aware of your surroundings and who is around you. Dog theft can happen when on a walk so it’s important to be vigilant of anything or anyone suspicious. You can also vary the route and times of your walk.
Do not leave your dog unaccompanied out of your home
Gone are the days when you could leave your dog tied up outside a shop. This is the prime opportunity for a dog theft to take place. This also applies to leaving your dog in a car.
Please don’t stop walking your dog or enjoying being out with them. It is important we exercise our dogs properly and cherish every moment but we should be aware of what is going on around us.
If you notice anything suspicious or have had your dog stole please report this to the police as soon as possible. This is a criminal offence and offenders will be prosecuted.
There are also a number of Facebook pages that can assist in the search for a missing dog.
Stay Safe x