Nottinghamshire dog owners warned to be alert after spate of pet thefts in UK

The Deputy Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Nottinghamshire, Emma Foody, is appealing for dog owners to keep a closer eye on their pets following a spate of thefts across the country.

By John Smith
Wednesday, 17th February 2021, 1:00 pm

The National Police Chiefs’ Council is warning criminals are exploiting the huge hike in prices and demand for puppies during the coronavirus restrictions.

Although the number of dog thefts reported in Nottinghamshire is relatively small, the deputy PCC urged pet owners to be on their guard for criminals looking to take advantage of this new lucrative market.

The charity DogLost has seen reports of thefts rise by 170 per cent in the past year from 172 dogs in 2019 to 465 in 2020.

Deputy PCC Emma Foody with her two dogs

Mrs Foody said: “I’m a dog owner myself and cannot imagine the distress and devastation of losing a beloved pet to the clutches of criminals.

“Thankfully, dog thefts remain rare in Nottinghamshire but when they do happen, it causes a huge deal of pain and fear among the community.

"Where there is opportunity, there is crime and I would urge all dog owners to take extra security measures to protect their pet’s safety.

“Owners should ensure their pets are microchipped, for example, and to check their social media privacy settings before sharing photographs of pets online.

“I would like to reassure the public these distressing incidents are taken seriously and robustly investigated.

"Anyone with information about suspected dog theft should contact police on 101.

"In an emergency or live incident, always dial 999.”