PET THEFT REFORM…AT LAST! (UPDATED)
Jayne Hayes, Founder of DogLost and co-founder of SAMPA said: “I am thrilled that after all the years of campaigning we have finally succeeded in getting a specific crime for ‘Pet Abduction’, which will give the courts access to hand out the appropriate sentencing to work as a deterrent. Well done to Debbie Mathews and our SAMPA Patrons: Dr Daniel Allen, Marc Abraham OBE, Professor John Cooper QC and Beverley Cuddy.
The DogLost team were requested as ‘experts in the field’ to give evidence to the Pet Theft Taskforce and we continue working with Police forces up and down the country. There are so many volunteers to thank including Wayne May, Karen Harding, Nicky and Jane Frankland, this really has been a joint effort from all. Over the SAMPA years we’ve hosted many MP drop-ins, attended meetings and debates. I even managed to talk to PM Boris Johnson about the failings surrounding dog theft when I received my Shine A Light Award from the Government earlier this year.
Campaigning is not easy but every day we receive calls from distraught families with stolen or missing pets and this is what keeps us going, because we must get the changes that are needed to stop this devastating crime.”
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Wayne May (Artisan Rare Breeds Animal Rescue & DogLost Police Liaison)