SAMPA LAUNCHES DOG THEFT AWARENESS DAY.
Tougher dog theft legislation, reclassification of dog theft and compulsory microchip scanning. If you want to see these changes please write to your MP now. This is a unique opportunity for dog owners to get change.
With dog theft rising by 24% over the last three years, dog owners are being urged to ensure their MPs attend the Dog Theft Awareness Day in Westminster in March.
Hosted by Dartford MP, Gareth Johnson, The Stolen and Missing Pets Alliance aims to bring the issue to the forefront of MPs across the country.
Gareth has already raised the issue in Parliament and is keen to support the Alliance’s work to encourage tougher sentences for those involved in the crime.
Mr Johnson, who has been lobbying for a review of sentencing guidelines for dog theft, said: “Victims of dog theft around the country will be bitterly disappointed that dogs will continue to be treated like property by the courts and not as pets.
The Sentencing Council just don’t seem to get it. Dogs should not be treated by the courts like mobile phones or lap tops. They had the perfect opportunity to rectify the situation but have ducked it again. This failure of the Sentencing Council gives a green light to would-be dog thieves.”
MPs will be invited to drop in to the day, which will include presentations by Peter Egan, celebrity vet, Marc Abraham and police officers leading the offensive against the surging crime.
Dog owners are being asked to contact their MP and urge them to attend the day, which is on Tuesday 14 March. Anyone who has been a victim of the crime should send a photo of their dog and get their MP to bring it along.
MPs are also being asked to sign the Alliance’s pledge to combat the heartless crime and back tougher sentencing and compulsory scanning of microchips.
Said an Alliance spokesperson: “The crime is largely unpunished as few cases reach court, and because dogs are regarded as goods any sentence reflects the value of the dog not the impact on the victim who has lost a member of their family.”
Continued an Alliance spokesperson: “Police statistics very across the country and are simply the tip of the iceberg. They show how a force records dog theft rather than the size of the problem. Neither do they record the crime of ‘Theft by finding’ where a dog goes missing and is picked up and sold on or kept as a pet or for breeding.”
WAYS YOU CAN HELP:-
DOG THEFT AWARENESS DAY
On 14 March DogLost and the Stolen and Missing Pets Alliance will be in Parliament meeting MPs for Dog Theft Awareness Day. We’ll be telling MPs why their support is vital in tackling the growing crime of dog theft. We need as many MPs to attend as possible, can you help us by asking your MP to join us on the day?
It’s really easy, here’s what to do:
Find your MP, enter your postcode and hit next. Feel free to use the template below, including your experience of dog theft.
MPs are far more likely to come and find out about dog theft if they are invited by their constituents: your help could go a long way.
Sample email: include your name, address and postcode. If you are the owner of a missing dog please include your story with a poster that your MP can add to the photo call on the day.
Dear _____ MP,
I am a dog owner and I am getting in touch to invite you to join The Stolen and Missing Pets Alliance at a drop in event and photo call for Dog Theft Awareness Day on 14.03.17. It will be in Room R, Portcullis House, 12.00 – 15.00.
Dog Theft has risen by 24% in the last three years and no-one is safe from the crime which hits families, the elderly, the disabled and the homeless. Tougher sentences, better detection and compulsory scanning of microchips can all help bring this down.
As my Member of Parliament I would be grateful if you could attend this event and speak to a representative from The Stolen and Missing Pets Alliance and a victim of dog theft to find out how you can support these issues. You can RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prefer to tweet? You can use the example below, getting your MPs Twitter address from http://tweetyourmp.com/
[@MPname] as my MP, please join @sampauk_ for #DogTheftAwarenessDay on 14 March in Room R, Portcullis House 1200-1500
Let us know if you need any help and don’t forget to pass on any responses, to email@example.com.
Thank you for all your support!