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Dog theft has risen by 170% in the past 12 months, according to the charity Dogs Lost. Pet owners like Sian Saunders said it is a crime that “destroys families”.

More than 230,000 people have signed a petition calling on the UK Government to make dog theft a specific criminal offence.

Last month, Home Secretary Priti Patel said she would look at introducing tougher measures to deter criminals from stealing pets.

RSPCA Cymru and Welsh police forces are offering advice to pet owners on how they can protect themselves and their animals.

RSPCA Inspector Keith Hogben said because of increased demand during the pandemic, there are “not a lot of dogs you can legally buy at the moment”.

Prices of certain breeds have increased to between £2,000 and £3,000. Cavapoos, Cockerpoos and Cocker Spaniels have seen some of the biggest increases.

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How to keep you and your pets safe following spike in dog thefts | Wales | ITV News

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