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Dartford MP Gareth Johnson welcomes the securing of parliamentary debate on dog theft

PUBLISHED: 07:00 19 June 2018

Dartford MP Gareth Johnson has welcomed the securing of this debate. Picture: Ursula Hudson

Dartford MP Gareth Johnson has welcomed the securing of this debate. Picture: Ursula Hudson

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The issue of dog theft will be debated in parliament next month after a petition to the government passed the 100,000 signatures needed to secure a debate.

The petition, launched by the Stolen and Missing Pets Alliance (SAMPA), calls for pet theft to be classified as a crime in its own right.

Dartford MP Gareth Johnson said: “Thousands of people are rightly appalled by this crime and this debate will give MPs the opportunity to highlight the issue and allow the government to respond to the petition.

“We should not allow dogs to be treated as if they are basic property.”

The petition states that ‘pet theft is currently seen as no different to the theft of an inanimate object - despite pets being sentient beings.

The theft of pets is generally categorised as robbery or burglary, but lead to minimal sentences.’

The debate is being held in Westminster Hall on Monday, July 2 at 4.30pm.


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