From Kent County Council Public Protection
|There are reports from Kent Police on the increase of dog theft or attempted thefts in Kent over the past week.|
Cases have increased by 33% in the South East since 2018 – with 163 incidents reported within the last year. Demand for dogs have skyrocketed in lockdown and prices have soared as a result.
Organised crime is exploiting this situation by smuggling puppies from abroad and stealing dogs across the UK. Dog thefts are now at an all-time high, with puppies stolen for an immediate resale and adult dogs being taken for forced breeding on puppy farms.
What to do:
Keep your dogs safe by following these simple steps:
Safe – secure your property and garden.
Spottable – Keep your dogs in sight and train them to return to you. Searchable – Know what steps to take if they go missing. Read more from Dogs Trust on keeping your pet safe.
Report any information about a stolen dog or suspicious behaviour to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or call the Police on 101.
Please warn family members, friends and neighbours.