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Dog Theft Report – Crimewatch Live

Earlier this week, on the 18th March 2021, the BBC One show “Crimewatch Live” covered a special report into the incredibly concerning rise in dog theft across the UK. You can view the 7-minute report below: Featured image by Fungai Tichawangana from Pixabay.

North Wales Police appeal for Suzie & Spring

UPDATE: North Wales Police have released a better quality photo of one of the Higher Kinnerton stolen Cocker Spaniels and said they are dealing with the theft of two Jack Russell puppies, which occured on Sunday. Police have issued an appeal for help locating two Cocker Spaniels stolen from secure kennels in Higher Kinnerton. Suzie, […]

Discussing Dog Theft on This Morning with Phil and Holly

Yesterday morning, Debbie Matthews, the founder of Vets Get Scanning and co-founder of Stolen and Missing Pets Alliance featured on the ITV show ‘This Morning’, with Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield. She was alongside Allison McCulloch, the owner of 9-month-old Nancy, a black Cocker Spaniel who was stolen from the garden whilst Allison visited the […]

Lockdown year ‘worst ever’ for dog thefts

For many dog owners, the coronavirus pandemic has meant more time at home with their canine companions. However, some experts are claiming the demand for dogs during lockdown has led to a significant increase in pets being stolen, with one – Wayne May from the organisation DogLost – saying: “I’ve been doing this for 30 […]

Bedfordshire dog kennels thefts: Woman arrested after animals stolen

A woman has been arrested after dogs worth “about £50,000” were stolen from kennels. The theft of eight dogs from Wilden in Bedfordshire happened on Sunday 13 September, police said. Police said there had been a number of attempted dog thefts in the region and owners should “remain vigilant”. The woman, in her 20s and from […]

Dog thefts in Midlands soar by 65% during lockdown

A voluntary organisation that tries to reunite owners with their stolen and missing pets says it’s seen a big rise in the number of dog thefts during lockdown. Last year more than 170 cases were referred to DogLost UK by owners who’d reported a dog theft to the police, but this year by mid August […]

Woman questioned over stolen French bulldog puppy

Officers have questioned a woman after a French bulldog puppy was stolen from a property in Bakersfield and are re-appealing for information as efforts continue to trace the animal. The lilac and tan coloured bitch was taken during a burglary which happened between 3pm and 5pm on Monday (31 August 2020). Detective Constable Colin Kirkup, […]

ITV – New figures reveal the shocking rise in dog thefts during lockdown

New research has revealed there’s been a dramatic rise in the number of dog thefts during lockdown. According to the non-profit organisation, DogLost, reports of stolen dogs were 65% higher during lockdown compared with last year. It’s believed some pedigree dogs are being targeted due to the increase in demand for pets to keep people […]

Suffolk kennels dog thefts: Puppies among 17 animals taken

Police have warned people to be vigilant with their pets after 17 dogs, including 13 puppies were stolen. They were taken from from Fiveways Boarding Kennels and Cattery in Barton Mills, Suffolk on Thursday between 15:45 and 19:10 GMT. The dogs included six, five-week-old Labrador puppies, seven Lhasa apso puppies and four older dogs. Police […]

Mother desperate plea to find daughter’s ‘stolen therapy dog’ from Walsall

The mother of a nine-year-old girl with severe anxiety has appealed for help tracking down her daughter’s ‘therapy dog’ after it was ‘stolen’ in Walsall. Simba, a three-year-old Chihuahua, was believed to have been pinched from Summer Norton’s home near to Wilkes Avenue, Bentley, on Tuesday, July 7. Her mother Emma says the pooch is […]

Cocker spaniel stolen from garden in Holywell Row

Police are appealing for any witnesses to come forward after the theft of a dog near Mildenhall. The incident took place on Monday 6th July at some point between 1pm and 2.20pm when a Cocker Spaniel was stolen from the garden of a farm in Holywell Row. The dog was left in a pen enclosure […]