26 February 2019
Police are aware of concerns about dog theft in South Gloucestershire.
Police officers appreciate the distress caused by the theft of a much loved pet but dog theft is thankfully rare.
Since May 2018 police have had five confirmed incidents of dog theft in South Gloucestershire:
- a black Labrador stolen from a garden in Hambrook
- a Rottweiler taken from a garden in Longwell Green
- five Dachshunds, including three puppies, stolen from a pen in the Badminton area
- a Saluki taken from a garden in Patchway
- black Labrador-Staffordshire Bull terrier cross stolen while off-lead in Thornbury
There was also an attempted theft of a dog in the street in Abbeywood and an incident in which a child had untied a dog from outside a shop in Barrs Court. It was quickly found and returned.
Keep your dog safe:
- never leave it unattended outside a shop, in a vehicle or in your garden
- ensure its microchipped and keep your details up-to-date. It’s now a legal requirement
- keep photos of your dog showing any distinctive markings
- keep photos of you with your dog to help you prove ownership
- ensure your garden is secure
- vary the times and routes of your walks
- be wary of strangers asking lots of questions about your dog
If your dog is stolen:
- report it to the police and obtain a crime reference number, either by calling 101 or online through www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/contact
- contact the council dog warden
- report it to the microchip company
- make local vet surgeries aware
- put posters up in popular dog walking locations and vet surgeries.
- inform local animal rescue charities
- post details on lost/stolen animal websites and social media pages
- always include the crime reference number in posters or online appeals
Media and social media appeals can help and can be issued through police channels. Any appeals should always include the crime reference number.