Many members of our community will have noticed a rise in the number of local cases they’ve heard about, or conversation around this issue — so we’ve put together some information on the situation, as well as advice on simple precautions you can take to keep your furry friend safe, and what to do if the worst happens.
Unfortunately, national statistics do indicate that dog theft has been on the rise over recent years, with Direct Line reporting that 2,438 dogs were reported as stolen in 2020, the equivalent of seven dogs every day. Behind each statistic is a family going through the devastating trauma of losing their pet, and in many cases this crime happens very close to home – with up to 70% of dogs being stolen from their owner’s property, according to a study by the Dogs Trust.
The Coronavirus pandemic and resulting lockdowns has led to a rise in dog ownership, and this increase in demand means that many criminals have turned to stealing dogs as a way to make a lot of money. Sadly, this means that puppy smuggling and illegal breeding through puppy farming is also on the rise.
Despite this, dog thefts are largely preventable — and we want to encourage our readers to consider a number of small changes which could make all the difference when it comes to protecting your pet.
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