Protecting your Dog from Theft
Friday, April 30th, 2021
There has recently been considerable media interest and social media comment around dog thefts. A recent study by the charity DogLost estimates a 250% increase in dog thefts nationwide during the pandemic.
We are advised by the Police that these have been thankfully rare in Chiltern & South Bucks, but they appreciate that there is a lot of concern, and every instance of a dog theft is heart breaking for its owners.
Hence they urge dog owners to follow sensible precautions.
Here are the basics:
What to do if a Theft does occur
Theft is a criminal offence and in the event that your dog does go missing, we urge residents to REPORT the incident to the Police, with as much detail about the dog and the circumstances of the incident as possible. This is both for the sake of their own pet, and in order to add to the overall intelligence picture.
Be sure also to contact your microchip company.
Be aware, too, of the Council’s Dog Warden service – dog wardens are responsible for missing dogs while the police are responsible for stolen dogs, but it’s still worth alerting the dog warden as your dog may end up in their care. Buckinghamshore Council – Dogs and Animal Welfare
Another useful resource is DogLost – “The UK’s largest lost and found dog service”.
Fuller advice is available from The Blue Cross – Pet Theft and how to prevent it and from The Dogs Trust – How to keep your dog safe from thieves and what to do if your dog goes missing
Update – “Taskforce launched to investigate reported rise in pet thefts”
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