Dog thieves targeted by Kent Police after dramatic rise in thefts
Dog thieves are being targeted by Kent police after they donated £400 to buy 10 new microchip scanners to find stolen and lost pooches.
The cash came from the property fund- money made by selling unclaimed items and seized goods.
It was given to DogLost to buy the scanners. There has been a dramatic increase in the number of thefts.
Dog Unit constable, Nigel Marshall, said: “Dogs are being stolen for a variety of reasons including for ransom, sale, work and to breed from.
“Animals are being taken from kennels, vehicles and in some cases, people out walking their dogs have been assaulted and the animal snatched.
“We work closely with DogLost, sharing information and resources, so that thieves can be brought to justice and dogs reunited with their owners.”
Between 1 August 2012 and 31 December 2012 Kent Police received 20 reports of stolen dogs.
DogLost Kent co-ordinator, Jane Frankland, added: “Liaising with police has been a huge step forward for DogLost, resulting in reuniting stolen dogs with owners and, in some cases, a successful prosecution for the perpetrator.
“The money will be used to buy new Angel Scanners to aid immediate detection of stolen and missing dogs.”