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Crackdown on dog theft urge Lib Dems

December 12, 2020 9:00 AM
Liz Webster, Prospective Police & Crime Commissioner, added weight to the campaign to crackdown on dog theft:
"We need a National Registration Scheme and for dog theft to be made a specific crime with a jail term. As it stands, the law sees the theft of beloved family dogs in the same light as stealing a bike or a microwave."

Liz's seven-point plan to deter pet theft:

  • Keep an ID tag on your dog at all times (your surname, mobile number and address only)
  • Secure gates using bolts at the top and bottom, along with a heavy-duty padlock and gate alarm
  • Never leave your pet in the garden unattended
  • Purchase a driveway alarm so you are alerted to any intruders, these can also be used in rear gardens and yards
  • Make sure your dog is microchipped and their details are updated so that they can be returned if they are stolen and subsequently found
  • Avoid leaving dogs tied up outside a shop or left alone in a car
  • Take lots of photographs of your dog to prove ownership if it's stolen, pay particular attention to any distinguishing marks on your dog