How to Prevent Dog Theft
Every year thousands of dogs are
lost - many as a result of theft. Even the most reliable and looked
after dog can get lost or stolen. The two main reasons for dog
To avoid dog theft
- Ensure that your dog wears a
collar and indentification (ID tag) when in a public place. On the
tag, include your surname, address, telephone number and full
postcode. If your dog is microchipped, and you have room to write
that on the tag, then try and do so.
- Do not leave your dog unattended
in the car or tied up outside a shop.
- Microchip your dog so that if the
ID tag is removed, it is still permanently identifiable.
- Ensure that your dog does not go
out of sight on walks. You should vary your walk times and
- You should be cautious when you
invite people into your home to view dogs or puppies for sale.
Restrict the number of visitors and their access. Always have
someone with you.
- Make sure that your dog is
neutered as this will reduce the chances of theft for
- Make sure that your fencing is
adequate and check it regularly for wear and tear. Keep your dog in
view when it goes out into the garden.
The Royal Society for the
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) recommends that the best
way to make sure a lost or stolen pet is found is to have the pet
- This is a simple injection of a
tiny microchip the size of a grain of rice which is painlessly
inserted under the animal's skin. The microchip then permanently
links the dog to its owner, increasing the chances of them being
reunited if the animal is lost, stolen or strays.
- The microchip contains the owner's
details and is put on the national PetLog database.
- If a lost or stolen microchipped
dog is found, this information will be revealed by passing a
scanner over the microchip, and allow the dog to be reunited with
Micro chipping prices vary but a
one-off payment of around £20.00 will get your pet on to the PetLog
database for life. Owner details can be quickly amended if any
To micro chip your pet
- Contact your local RSPCA branch or
veterinary surgeon for advice.
- Call 0870 606 6751 for more information
about joining PetLog.
- Visit the RSPCA
website or call the RSPCA advice line on:
0300 1234 555.