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To crack down on dognapping the government have at last come up with a good idea; send the pet stealers to jail for up to seven years.
There has been a 250% rise in dog theft driven by two separate issues, one emotional and one commercial.
With almost all of us spending more time at home the demand for a pet to go walkies with has gone off the scale.
Prices of some breeds have risen by 100% making stealing them more profitable. But the real money is to be made by taking the stolen dogs and mating them. Often a minimum of handful of puppies is the result.
The crooks then advertise the puppies at anything up to £4,000 depending on the breed. So one successful mating can earn them £25,000. You can’t even make that robbing a bank.
For the first time the new law will take into account distress caused to the animal. It will also acknowledge that a stolen pet is far more than just the loss of property to its owners.
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It will also allow an animal cruelty element to be considered which cannot be done at present.
The Times tells a painful story about the father of Melissa Cole who spent his retirement raising gun dogs until one night in September last year when they were stolen from secure kennels in Bedfordshire while he was fishing.
The family’s two springer spaniels were among seven stolen. Melissa, 45, said; ‘’They have taken the peace of mind of both my parents. They are terrified out walking the dog as they feel somebody will break in.’’
Of the seven, only four have been recovered. There have been three arrests but the suspects have been released under investigation.
Melissa said; ’’Currently if they are convicted they will be found guilty of stealing something equivalent to a microwave or a lawn mower.’’
Good point by Melissa as these dogs are so much more important than that. You would not have to be a genius to work out which community were stealing the pets for a living.
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