Dogs Trust is always saddened to hear about cases of dog theft. Unfortunately in recent years there appears to have been an increase in the amount of dog theft, usually because those responsible wish to breed from or sell the dogs in a bid to make money.
We would urge dog owners to be vigilant when leaving their dogs unattended and never tie them up outside shops. Having your dog neutered can also help prevent them from being stolen as this will make your pet less attractive to dog thieves. Microchipping is the most effective way to assist in a lost dog being returned to their owner but it is important to ensure that the chip is registered with an appropriate database and details kept up to date.
Dog thieves should face tougher punishments to reflect their 'heart breaking' crimes, says Tory MP Gareth Johnson, the MP for Dartford, has said sentencing guidelines should take into consideration the emotional effect the crime has on the victim