Dogs are often part of the family and their theft can be distressing for both them and their families.
Below is our advice on how best to keep your pooch safe.
- Keep an ID tag on your dog at all times (your surname, mobile number and address only)
- Secure gates using bolts at the top and bottom, along with a heavy-duty padlock and gate alarm
- Never leave your pet in the garden unattended
- Purchase a driveway alarm so you are alerted to any intruders, these can also be used in rear gardens and yards
- Make sure your dog is microchipped and their details are updated so that they can be returned if they are stolen and subsequently found.
- Avoid leaving a dog tied up outside a shop or left alone in a car, even for a few minutes
- Take lots of photographs of your dog to prove ownership if it’s stolen, pay particular attention to any distinguishing markings on your dog.
Prevent theft on walks by varying walk times and locations and being suspicious of strangers who ask questions about your dog. Make a note of any suspicious, loitering vehicles.
If your dog is lost or suspected to have been stolen, it’s important to act quickly. Report stolen dogs to us via our report online page or by calling 101 and to your local council's dog warden. Notify your microchip database provider also.
It’s encouraged you report a stolen dog on Doglost.co.uk or via their Facebook page.
You can also use Doglost.co.uk to report found dogs which you believe may have been missing or stolen.