Police in the UK have issued a warning to pet owners over a rise in dog theft, after new research has found that certain breeds are more at risk than others.
According to Dogs Lost, almost half of all missing dog reports listed on their website relate to working dogs. They also found that breeds with a high monetary value are more commonly targeted.
Quick to learn, intelligent, strong, and watchful, these sought-after breeds are loved for being able to assist humans. This means that, sadly, thieves keep an eye open for any left unattended.
Three most commonly stolen dog breeds in the UK are:
- Cocker spaniels
- Springer spaniels
"It's worth just taking a few moments to think about the security of your working dogs and the simple crime prevention measures that you can take," the Rural Crime Team tells Bournemouth Echo.
"It is important to think like a criminal. Look at your property as if you are trying to steal your dogs. How would you do it and how could you be stopped? If you find a flaw make sure it's rectified as soon as possible."
11 things to remember to help prevent dog theft, from Dogs Lost
- Use an extending lead when on a walk if your dog's recall is poor
- Vary the time and location of your walks
- Walk with a friend if you are worried
- Increase your house security (a crime prevention officer will advise you)
- Consider a GPS tracker collar
- Ensure your dog's tag contains the owner's name, postcode, and at least one contact number
- If your dog is having a litter of puppies, be extra vigilant as the young pups won't have an identity yet, making them much easier for thieves to steal
- Ensure your dog is micro-chipped
- Never leave your dog tied up outside a shop
- Don't leave your dog alone in the car
- Never give out information about your dog to strangers
If you want to register a lost dog, you can do so over on Dogs Lost's website. Always contact your local police if you are concerned or want further information regarding dog theft.
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