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Dogs: Theft

Home Office written question – answered on 26th June 2018.

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Photo of Gareth Johnson Gareth Johnson Conservative, Dartford

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment has been made of trends in the level of dog theft.

Photo of Victoria Atkins Victoria Atkins The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department, Minister for Women

The Government has not specifically assessed trends in the level of dog thefts. The Home Office holds information on notifiable offences recorded by the police including theft offences, but it is not possible to tell from this information how many dogs or pets in general were stolen.

The Government recognises that these are distressing crimes for pet owners and they must be reported to the police so that they can be investigated and the perpetrators brought to justice.

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