Dog owners warned about risk of summer thefts

Dog owners warned about risk of summer thefts

Dog owners warned about risk of summer thefts

First published in News

Pet owners are being warned to be vigilant after a rise in dognappings.

A total of 38 dogs were stolen in Essex last year, with gundogs and labradors the most targeted breeds.

The Country Land and Business Association believess the figure will rise because animals can be sold quickly and are not easy to trace.

Nicola Currie, regional director, said: “The temptation on a hot day is to let your dog go unattended into your garden, or out on your land, to find some cool shade.

“It’s also easy to let it run free and go out of sight while you are on walks.

“Unfortunately, this offers thieves a golden opportunity to take your animal.

“Many dogs are targeted by thieves because they can make money selling them on, often for breeding or for fighting.

“By leaving a valuable and much-loved animal in your garden in sight of a road or a public right of way gives thieves a chance to monitor your movements and security arrangements with a view to possibly stealing it to order.”

The website doglost.co.uk, which helps reunite owners with lost animals, has had 26 listings of lost dogs from the Colchester postcode area since the beginning of last year.

Meanwhile, in Southend and the surrounding areas 23 dogs have been reported as going missing.

The website believes gundog theft has increased as former metal thieves have turned their attention to stealing working dogs after metal laws were tightened two years ago.

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3:39pm Thu 7 Aug 14

emcee says...

Quote: "Pet owners are being warned to be vigilant after a rise in dognappings."
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I also feel it should be read as: "People are being warned to be vigilant after a rise in dogdroppings."
Quote: "Pet owners are being warned to be vigilant after a rise in dognappings." - I also feel it should be read as: "People are being warned to be vigilant after a rise in dogdroppings." emcee
  • Score: -22

4:06pm Thu 7 Aug 14

Fab man says...

People who steal dogs for fighting are scum. Bring back public flogging for these a**ewipes then I won't mind paying the council tax.
People who steal dogs for fighting are scum. Bring back public flogging for these a**ewipes then I won't mind paying the council tax. Fab man
  • Score: 32

9:28pm Thu 7 Aug 14

InspectorMontalbano says...

Knowing some dog owners, it might be a blessing in disguise.
Taking them for dog fighting is another matter, which requires a hard labour incarceration penalty.
Knowing some dog owners, it might be a blessing in disguise. Taking them for dog fighting is another matter, which requires a hard labour incarceration penalty. InspectorMontalbano
  • Score: 2

7:01am Fri 8 Aug 14

John5 Salary says...

My neighbours leave their dog in the garden when they are out. It barks for hours sometimes, but it's silent when they are home. So they get peace and quiet when they are around.
My neighbours leave their dog in the garden when they are out. It barks for hours sometimes, but it's silent when they are home. So they get peace and quiet when they are around. John5 Salary
  • Score: 1

10:09am Fri 8 Aug 14

cynicalsubber says...

'animals.... are not easy to trace'.
Really? My dog is microchipped. Pretty easy to trace him.
'animals.... are not easy to trace'. Really? My dog is microchipped. Pretty easy to trace him. cynicalsubber
  • Score: -2

6:25pm Fri 8 Aug 14

abd123 says...

You cannot trace a dog via microchipping. If you first trace the dog then the microchip will confirm its identity. It won't go out and trace it when someone steals it.
You cannot trace a dog via microchipping. If you first trace the dog then the microchip will confirm its identity. It won't go out and trace it when someone steals it. abd123
  • Score: 0

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