Pet Theft Awareness weekPosted: March 17, 2014
The increases in pet theft is unbelievable. Where I live dogs are often stolen to be used in illegal dog fights. It’s awful to think that someone would take another’s beloved pet at all, but to think they then might be mistreated is unbearable.
This week is Pet theft Awareness week in the UK and www.pettheft.co.uk have produced the following information which I’d like to share:
- Act quickly! The quicker you act, the greater the chance you have of getting your dog back
- If your dog is micro-chipped, which he will need to be by law in 2016, report your dog as missing with Petlog.org.uk immediately
- If your dog is snatched from you, try to take photographs of the person or vehicles used in the crime. Write down as much info as you can straight away
- Contact the police immediately
- Contact friends and start an immediate search of the area
- Consider areas where you think thieves might take your dog
- Put a message out on all your social networks – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram – along with a recent photo of your dog and ask friends to share and spread the word. Never underestimate the power of social media!
- If you have not done already activate your dog’s microchip details on DogLost.co.uk and visit their site for help and information
- Put a poster up in your police station – maybe one of the police officers will see it and recognise your pet
- Contact your local dog warden, as there is a chance that thieves might dump your dog if they think they’re close to getting caught
- Post details on Petlog’s Lost & Found page on Facebook
More information can be found on their website: www.pettheft.co.uk