Dog theft awareness reminder
Dog theft is a crime where criminals steal beloved pets from their families – often to exploit them by selling them at inflated prices or for breeding them for monetary gain.
You can take measures to protect your dog from being stolen or getting lost by;
- Microchipping - Ensure your dog is chipped and registered.
- Social Media- Review your settings and avoid sharing details such as your location, your favourite walking spots, and photos of your dog in these areas.
- Collar and tag - Use your own surname rather than your pet’s name and include a contact telephone number so you can be contacted in case your pet is found.
- Photos - Take some clear images and include any distinctive markings that could identify them.
- Avoid leaving your dog unattended in the garden, car, outside shops, etc.
- Social Media- Review your settings and avoid sharing details such as your location, your favourite walking spots, etc.
- Security- Make sure all gates, gardens, yards, fences, hedges, etc are secure and that there are no gaps that a dog can squeeze through. Consider installing CCTV or a smart doorbell camera around your property.
Look out for any markings near your property like chalk markings.
When walking your dog, be mindful of anyone trying to distract you or drawing attention away from you. If you feel that someone is watching or following you and your dog in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable, move away from them and call police.