Dog Watch

Dog Theft

Dog theft is on the rise, and as such, Neighbourhood Watch and Dogs Trust are urging the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity. In 2016 alone, nearly 1,800 instances of dog theft were reported to police forces across England and Wales. Information obtained by Dogs Trust through a Freedom of Information request also reveals that gardens, closely followed by the home, are the most common areas from which dogs were reported stolen.

Any kind of theft is distressing, but when a dog is stolen,  the experience can be even more distressing as many consider their dog is a part of the family.

The most common breed of  dog reported as stolen is the Staffordshire Bull-terrier, followed then by the Jack Russell, Chihuahua and the Bulldog. But Dogs Trust warns that any dog, whatever the breed, is at risk of theft if left unsupervised.

Your dog can be kept much safer by making small changes to the garden and the home, and by registering to a local Neighbourhood Watch scheme. When it comes to garden security aim to keep the dog in, but keep thieves out!

Dogs Trust advises never to leaving your dog unattended, and has put together the following advice on how to help protect your dog from the risk of theft and what to do should the worst happen.

Whether you own a dog or not, intruders should not be able to access your garden or property.

More advice is available: 

Protecting your dog against theft on the the Blue Cross site

The Pets Bureau site is also full of helpful ideas.

What to say to someone who has lost a pet

Our pets give us love, companionship, joy and comfort so it’s therefore no surprise that when a pet is no longer part of their owner’s life – whether due to death, being lost or needing to be rehomed – people can experience the same level of grief as they would at the death of a close relative.

Unfortunately, not everyone understands this grief, and it can be a very lonely experience without the right support. It is also difficult to know what to say to someone you know in this situation.

There are simple things that friends and family can do to help others when they are grieving for a pet on the Blue Cross site here.

About Dog Watch

As dog owners are regularly out and about in Whittlesey, they are likely to notice anything suspicious or out of the ordinary. Dog walkers tend to be out in the early mornings or evenings when other people are people are more likely to be indoors and because of this, you might see and hear things relating to crime, anti-social behaviour or other suspicious activity.

Members of Dog Watch are asked to be the eyes and ears of their communities, keep each other informed and report concerns to the police via the:

Telephone 101 if its non-emergency call

Telephone 999 in an emergency or if a crime is in progress.

  

Read more: About Dog Watch