Dog thefts have increased by almost a fifth during the lockdown. In 2020, up to seven pets will be reported stolen every day.
New shock data has revealed that an estimated 2,438 dogs were reported stolen over the past year – up 19 percent from 2019 – and only 22 percent returned to their owners.
Several disruptive incidents have recently been recorded in Birmingham and the wider West Midlands region.
According to a survey by Direct Line Pet Insurance, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier was the most popular breed targeted by thieves. 97 dogs were stolen in 2020. The mirror Reports.
Crossbreeds are still the second most common hit, with 52 dogs stolen last year, although that was a decrease of nearly a third compared to 2019.
Cocker Spaniels were the third most trapped in 2020, with 34 dogs stolen, while 16 thefts were reported by Springer Spaniels – up from just three in 2019.
For Chihuahua and French Bulldogs, the number of animals stolen has decreased year over year, but 12 of each breed were still reported stolen in 2020.
Regional data suggests that the northwest is the hotspot for dog theft today, accounting for 15 percent of all reported thefts in 2020. In second place was London with 13 percent of all thefts, followed by the South East and Yorkshire.
The rising prices for puppies during the pandemic are driving the rise in thefts, many of them from gardens, according to experts.
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Now dog owners are urged to be extra vigilant and ensure that their pet is keeping the microchip details up to date.
Madeline Pike, Veterinarian at Direct Line Pet Insurance, said, “It is incredibly sad to see the dog theft rate increased by such a large percentage in 2020.
“Unfortunately, the increase in dog ownership through bans seems to have also led to an increase in dog theft, as thieves understand the value of some of these breeds and view them as a commodity rather than a loved one.
“The concern is that these numbers will increase further this year as the dogs are left more alone as the restrictions wear off and we return to a new ‘normal’ condition.
“If you take simple precautionary measures, such as For example, not leaving your dog tied up outside of a store or on a leash in busy areas can reduce the chance of you being targeted. However, if you make sure the contact details for microchips are up to date, you can identify a dog if it’s stolen and turned in. “
List reads race / percentage change
1 Staffordshire Bull Terrier 9%
2 crossings -31%
3 Cocker Spaniel 26%
4 bulldog 23%
5 Labrador 189%
6 Jack Russell 92%
7 Border Collie 54%
8 Springer Spaniel 333%
9 Chihuahua -76%
10 French Bulldog -33%