Tim Farron on dog thefts

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Ever since we were able to leave the house at the end of the first lockdown I have been going out for walks with my husband, whenever the weather allows. Just a short drive from our home we have discovered many woods and even lakes that we didn’t know existed even though we have lived here for over 40 years.

On our walks we have met a lot of very well behaved dogs. We don’t have a dog ourselves but have really enjoyed seeing so many beautiful and much loved pets out enjoying the countryside.

But we have also spotted notices warning about dog thefts. One ploy, it seems, is for people in fake uniform to approach a dog owner claiming to be from the RSPCA, with a van badged up so it appears official. Then they say they need to take the dog for a check-up and make off with it in the van.

Dog theft has rocketed recently, largely because pedigree dogs are not at all cheap. So it is good news that the Prime Minister is threatening tougher sentences for dog thieves as well as for those who abandon their pets. But it is not good news that it could be some time before this comes into legislation.

Tim Farron has been campaigning on this issue for some time:

He now says:

We welcome the news that the Prime Minister is promising tougher sentences for dog theft and neglect.

However, this is a problem now. Dog thefts are soaring and it’s all very well making promises if they’re not followed through. It took years for the Conservatives to toughen up sentences for animal cruelty.

Liberal Democrats are calling for legislation on dog thefts to be fast-tracked. Action on dog thefts will have cross party support, and the Tories must act now.

 

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2 Comments

  • Dog thefts certainly seems to be a problem. I keep reading about examples on social media. How are they sold? To whom? Are the thieves ever caught?
    I only seem to see about the dogs disappearing. There must be a market for the dogs to make it worthwhile to the thieves.

  • Well said Tim Farron, I couldn’t agree more. A policy that people care about and nearly all the public would support. Coming from the Lib Dems that’s a bit of a rarity these days.

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