Gundog Theft Awareness Week - October 31st to Nov 7th

Welcome to Gundog Theft Awareness!

Press

Pet Theft Awareness welcome media coverage.
For radio and television interviews please email: contact@pettheft.co.uk
Please mention 'Gundog Theft Awareness' and www.gundogtheft.co.uk when quoting any of the facts and figures.


About Pet Theft Awareness

Pet Theft Awareness was formed in February 2013 by Arnot Wilson, Director of the Dog Union and Richard Jordan of VioVet, the top online veterinary medicine, food and supplies retailer. 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

To coincide with the shooting season the Pet Theft Awareness organisation is promoting their fourth annual Gundog Theft Awareness Week from 31st October to 7th November.
Recent figures provided by DogLost, the UK's largest lost and found dog service, show a slight decline in gundogs going missing on last year. This could be due to the effects of social media, greater awareness by the dog owning community and more police forces taking dog theft seriously.
Arnot Wilson of the Dog Union said “Although this is good news, it is not a reason for complacency and gundog owners should continue to be vigilant. Owners should be reminded that although microchipping of all dogs is now a legal requirement, it is not a legal requirement for dogs that go missing and subsequently get found to be scanned.”
The Government in a reply to an e-petition which ended in January of this year said “ The Government do not consider it necessary to require everyone who comes into contact with a dog to scan it in order to check compliance with the microchipping requirements or to establish whether the dog is lost or stolen.”

With this in mind Gundog Theft Awareness is stressing through their website www.gundogtheft.co.uk and social media campaign the need to take all precautions and use what technology is available, be it CCTV or mobile phone “alert” apps, to be prepared for the possibility of their dog going missing.

Richard Jordan, from VioVet and co-founder of Pet Theft Awareness in welcoming the new figures, said “The decrease in gundog theft is not a reason for giving up our fight for tough new laws to deter the theft of all dogs. Currently the punishment does not fit the misery that such a crime causes to victims.".
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31/11/2016                                                                                                                                                                         
For media interviews and further information:  Arnot Wilson, Director, The Dog Union and Co-founder of Pet Theft Awareness. Tel: 01205 260 267 
contact@pettheft.co.uk
facebook.com/pettheft
twitter.com/pettheftaware
The Dog Union is an Associate member of APGAW and member of The Stolen& Missing Pets Alliance.


In the first 10 months of 2016 dogs registered as missing or stolen with DogLost include:

Cocker Spaniels  149       English Springer Spaniels  114          Labradors  214


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