Dog thefts are on the increase and it’s been blamed on current trends for owning “designer dogs”, popularised by celebrities from Cheryl Cole to The Rock. Some breeds can fetch hundreds or even thousands of pounds on the black market – and felons are taking advantage, according to campaigners and insurance companies.
Dog theft have increased since 2012.
And insurance firm Direct Line is the latest to publish figures, from police forces in England and Wales, showing that 121 more puppies were stolen in 2017 than the year before with virtually 2,000 reported to the police last year.
These numbers were released under Freedom of Information( FOI) legislation from 38 police forces in England and Wales.
There are 44 police forces around the UK with Scotland and Northern Ireland each having a single centralised force.