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Police officers reunite stolen dog with its owners

Alert message sent 28/08/2020 11:38:00

Information sent on behalf of Bedfordshire Police

Our officers recently help to reunite a dog with its owner after it was suspected to have been stolen from the Manchester area. This was a result of great partnership working with DogLost charity who assist in the search of missing dogs.
DogLost, a dog rescue charity, has kindly gifted two microchip scanners to us which can now be used to identify lost or stolen dogs.

It can also be used to scan other animals or items, like saddles, that have a microchip.
PC Jennifer Buckley, who worked with DogLost, said: “We are so happy we could help reunite the dog with their owners. I cannot imagine what the family have gone through after it was taken. Hopefully now they will have the opportunity to catch up on the lost time.
“We would also like to take this opportunity to remind animal owners how important it is to microchip your pets and keep your details updated. Additionally, it is required by law for all dogs to be microchipped at the age of eight weeks.

“We would also like to thank DogLost for their help and support. The microchip scanners are a great gift and our force will certainly put them to good use.”
We continue to work with police forces across the eastern region, UK Pet Detectives, DogLost and Pets4Homes to tackle this type of criminality and to help reduce dog theft and reunite stolen pups with their families
To minimise the chance of becoming a victim, please make sure that you are following the below safety advice:
  • Be vigilant and cautious of suspicious individuals or markings seen around addresses, any cold callers and strangers approaching you whilst out dog walking.
  • Ensure your dog is microchipped and registered with up to date information and has a collar and dog tag (use your surname rather than the dog’s name and your telephone contact).
  • Take plenty of clear photographs of your pet and especially of any distinctive markings.
  • Never leave a dog unattended in the garden, in the car or outside shops.
  • Don’t give details of your pets, your location or your favourite walking spots on social media and make sure your security settings are set to friends only.
  • When out, always know where your dog is.  Be mindful of anyone who may be trying to distract your attention from your dog or attract your dog’s attention away from you.
  • Avoid leaving dogs in outside kennels if at all possible. If not possible then make sure the kennels are alarmed – experience tells us padlocks alone will not stop thieves!
  • Ensure all gates are locked at top and bottom with a shoot bolt and padlock and consider fitting a bell or gate alarm.
  • Ensure the garden or yard boundary (fence, hedge, etc) is secure so that no one can gain entry or pull your dog out. Ensure the dog cannot escape through any gaps.
  • Consider driveway alarms to alert you to intruders and combine this with the use of monitored CCTV that will alert you via your phone or tablet instantly.
  • For more rural locations, think about https://uwatch.co.uk/ a great multi-purpose security device that does not require WiFi or additional lighting.
  • A list of all licensed breeders is available on your local authority’s website.
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Gosia Grabczak (Beds Police, Administrator, Bedfordshire)

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