Pet Theft Awareness Week runs from 14-21 March. Over the past few years there has been a huge increase in such crimes, with police data showing the equivalent of three dogs and three cats stolen every day in 2013. The figures show that:
● 52 per cent of pets were taken from gardens.
● 19 per cent were stolen in a house burglary.
● 7 per cent were stolen from outside shops.
Pet Theft Awareness (PTA) is supported by the Kennel Club, Petlog, DogLost, Dog Theft Action, and other associated organisations. As well as increasing awareness among pet owners it is campaigning for tougher penalties, including custodial sentences. Find out more at www.pettheft.co.uk
Last year PTA co-founder Richard Jordan set up a government e-petition about dog theft, which was signed by more than 10,000 people. This meant the Government recently had to publish a response in which it stated that, despite public opinion, it has no plans to introduce new offences of dog theft or dog kidnapping. Read its reply at