Gundog Theft Awareness Week - This coming October 31st - November 7th

Welcome to Gundog Theft Awareness!

Press

Pet Theft Awareness welcome media coverage.
For radio and television interviews please email: contact@pettheft.org.uk


About Pet Theft Awareness

Pet Theft Awareness was formed in February 2013. More information can be found on the “About” page.


AIMS
  1. To educate people on the preventative measures that they can take to avoid their pets from being stolen and to provide them with information to action should they be unfortunate enough to lose their animal.
  2. To campaign for tougher penalties to deter pet theft which includes custodial sentences and for police and courts to have tougher and stronger powers to prioritise the theft of pets over the theft of objects.

Statistics

Although statistics are headline grabbing, Gundog Theft Awareness is keen to stress the importance of preventative measures and what to do before and after your dog has been stolen.
Statistics on the murky world of dog theft are hard to come by.
Unfortunately police forces record this crime in different ways as in the eyes of the law, dog theft is categorised as general theft. This makes it difficult to establish trends.
The best guesstimate as to the trends both on a local and national level come from DogLost the leading reunification organisation in the country.
In November 2013 the results of the first pet theft census were published by More Th>n.  They state that “one in every five (20%) cat and dog owners have experienced the theft of a pet during their lives, with 53% of those incidents occurring in the last 12 months alone. What’s more, of all cat and dog thefts in Britain, over half (54%) of owners have sadly never seen their beloved pets again.” It goes on to say “over one third (37%) of cat and dog thefts in the last 12 months were never actually reported to the police. “  (Sources: morethan.com press release).
The latest statistics for 2014 indicate in the first quarters that of the dogs registered as missing 160 were Labradors, 97 Cocker Spaniels, and 80 Springer Spaniels.
(Source:  http://www.shootinguk.co.uk/news/dog-theft-facts-37076#elgqEfZPbt1WKmXG.99)
From the Pet Theft Census the breakdown of where theft occurred in 2013 was:

  • 52% stolen from gardens
  • 19% from breaking into home
  • 16% from owners whilst walking dogs
  • 7% taken when tied up outside shops
  • 5% removed from shops

(Source: morethan.com press release)


Most popular Gundog breeds stolen

DOGS
Of almost 12,000 missing dogs registered with DogLost in 2013:

CHANCES OF RETURN

According to Dr Louise Grove criminologist at Loughborough University in 2013:
46% of dogs were still missing after 12 months.
Source:  http://www.lboro.ac.uk/news-events/news/2013/december/240---dog-theft.html


REASONS FOR STEALING

Since the introduction of tighter controls on scrap metal dealing+, there appears to have been a substantial increase in pet theft. The laws are archaic with regard to pet theft and thieves are finding it a reasonable source of income without little penal consequences.

  1. Ransom – this has been a practice used for many years and there is little evidence that this is wide spread but figures are scant because most deals are done without notifying police.
  2. To order – Some dogs maybe targeted to order particularly were the background of the dog is known. It could also be stolen by the thief for his own use such as in the case of gundogs for poaching.
  3. Dog fighting – It is alleged that some dogs are taken as bait for dog fighting and Staffords for fighting as well as guarding. This is probably substantiated by the high proportion of Stafford thefts.
  4. Selling on – with the advent of the internet and the free classified advertising websites, it is easy to sell dogs and deliver them to the buyers at car parks or motorway services.
  5. Breeding – Breeding bitches can be sold within a community and those that are found can be hundreds of miles away from where their owners live or the thief can breed from the bitch and sell the puppies on himself.

ANGEL’S STORY – ONE OF MANY
“This is Angel. I waited 2 years for her before she was born. She was the type of dog who loved everyone and everything she did. She loved life - we love her. She was stolen 22 months ago. Taken in 2 minutes. How can you do that ? I have offered a reward searched high low as have lots of others whose support has helped me manage . But why ?? Let her home let her live her life !! Grow old on the sofa be back with her family.”
Photo: This is Angel. I waited 2 years for her before she was born. She was the type of dog who loved everyone and everything she did. She loved life - we love her. She was stolen 22 months ago. Taken in 2 minutes. How can you do that ? I have offered a reward searched high low as have lots of others whose support has helped me manage . But why ?? Let her home let her live her life !! Grow old on the sofa be back with her family
This German Shorthaired Pointer was stolen while being exercised in December 2012. It is a Show Champion and a Field Trial Champion.
There is a £10,000 reward leading to its return.
For a contact number to interview the owner email contact@pettheft.co.uk
The above facts have been complied by Pet Theft Awareness