The UK Charity DogLost has reported a 170% increase in dog thefts, possibly linked to the high demand for dogs and the prices of litters
Did you know many local area Police teams have their own ‘Dog Watch?’
These schemes encourage dog owners and walkers to be the extra eyes and ears within the community. As well as sending pet owners information about dog thefts, suspicious activity in the neighbourhood and tips on how to keep themselves and their animals safe.
Dog Watch members can also take part in helping to find lost dogs and reunite owners with found dogs.
Contact your local Policing team to see if there is a Dog Watch scheme in your area.
Tips on keeping your dog safe include:
- Make sure your dog is microchipped and your details are up to date
- Take photos of your dog from various angles, taking note of distinguishing features
- Beware of strangers asking questions about your dogs
- Vary times and places of your walks
- Consider walking in pairs where possible
- Never leave your dog tied outside a shop
You can find further advice from the Blue Cross about protecting your dogs from theft here: https://www.bluecross.org.uk/pet-advice/protect-your-dog-against-theft