Lockdown year ‘worst ever’ for dog thefts
The increased demand for dogs during lockdown has led to a significant increase in pets being stolen, with Wayne May from the organisation Dog Lost saying, “I’ve been doing this for 30 years now and 2020 was the worst ever year”.
“Unfortunately, due to lockdown, people are at home more and they’re looking for companion animals to take up their time. Sadly the criminals capitalised on this. It’s pushed the price of dogs and puppies up in general, which has inadvertently sparked a high rise in dog thefts.”
His view is shared by Beverley Cuddy, editor of Dogs Today magazine, who said, “Unfortunately in lockdown everyone wants a dog and the prices are going up and up. The criminals look at those figures… and put two and two together.”
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