Police fail to solve almost all dog thefts, as Kennel Club seeks law change
Police solved just 2% of dog thefts in the UK last year, according to official figures.
Dog adoption levels hit record highs during the 2020 closings, but the boom in so-called pandemic puppies has also been accompanied by an increase in dog-related crime.
A Kennel Club investigation found there were 2,355 cases of dognapping in the UK in 2020, up 7% from 2019.
The Kennel Club has requested data on dog thefts in 2020 and 2019 from the UK’s 45 police forces under the Freedom of Information Act. Only 36 responded with data on the number of cases, and only 27 had data available on the outcome of reported dog theft cases.
He revealed that in 98% of cases, a culprit is never apprehended for their crime, which sees beloved companions embraced by their beloved families.
The Kennel Club is currently running a new campaign, titled “Paw and Order: Dog Theft Reform,” in which it calls for a centralized database with information on dog theft that can be shared by various police forces.
There is also a growing momentum to reclassify the way dog theft is viewed and handled in the eyes of law enforcement.
Currently, the penalties depend on the monetary value of the stolen animal and do not take into account the emotional anguish inflicted on both the dog and the owner who are often violently separated.