Fears more dogs in Plymouth will be snatched by caninenappers

Huge demand for dogs during lockdown fuelled a rise in thefts last year – and owners fear a return of dognapping incidents.

Dognapping spiked last year during lockdown and owners fear there will be yet another rise in incidents over the next few weeks.

Over the last few years, as the costs of puppies and even older dogs shot up, especially for ‘trendy’ dogs like French Bulldogs and Cockapoos, criminals have recognised the ease and value of just stealing other people’s much-loved pets.

The first seven months of 2019 Devon and Cornwall Police recorded 25 reports of dog thefts, but the same period of 2017 (January 1 to July 31), the force saw 47 incidents. Devon and Cornwall Police confirmed that the majority of the increase in thefts took place in the Devon area of the force.

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