Government taskforce set up to tackle ‘deplorable’ pet theft

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Government taskforce has been set up to look into tackling the “deplorable” crime of pet theft.

In March, DogLost a UK charity that helps victims of dog theft, recorded a 170% increase in the crime, from 172 dogs reported stolen in 2019 to 465 in 2020.

The taskforce will look into what is contributing to the increase in thefts, and recommend solutions to tackle the problem.
It will be made up of officials from Defra, the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice as well as the police, seeking input from animal welfare groups and experts.
It will be made up of officials from Defra, the Home Office and the Ministry of Justice as well as the police, seeking input from animal welfare groups and experts.

“Pet owners shouldn’t live in fear so we’ve set up this taskforce to thoroughly investigate the issue and ensure that we have the measures in place to stop these criminals in their tracks.”

Home Secretary Priti Patel said: “Having callous thieves steal a much-loved pet is heart-breaking for families and it is deplorable that criminals seek to profit from this cruel crime.

“We are already taking action to combat such lawlessness by bolstering the police with 20,000 extra officers but this new taskforce will ensure we know how best to combat the driving forces behind this distressing crime and clamp down on the perpetrators.”

The police have advised that dog owners should avoid leaving their pet unattended while out in public, vary their routines when walking their dogs and should take basic security steps at home such as checking locks on doors and garden gates.

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6 Comments

  1. Jayne
    Jayne 1 month ago

    Sorry my copy and pasting skills failed! The Good news is DEFRA has been in touch with both Doglost and Vets get SAMPA this week to work forward.

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    Joan 1 month ago

    The number of dogs recorded as stolen will be an significant underestimate – many more dogs are recorded as Lost simply because the owner has no idea what’s happened to them….they may have been taken, or perhaps found and kept or sold on. It’s important that the task force bear these lost dogs in mind too. joanx

  3. jayne
    jayne 1 month ago

    Totally agree Joan…Many are reporting their dogs stolen to the police but they get logged under theft from property or theft from vehicle as there is not a theft of dog catergory ( we at SAMPA are making this our priority) True its the tip of the iceberg…Also need to introduce theft by finding for missing dogs.

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    jayne hawyes 1 month ago

    Pleased to report that Doglost and the police task force have just made 7 arrests…..well done all.

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