5 dogs are stolen every day in the UK
This is not a criminal offence in itself. Currently, the law considers dog theft to be, merely, a theft of property. However, for most people, their dog is a member of their family, not a possession. The theft of a loved pet can have a devastating effect on an individual or family. At a future date, I will be submitting a motion to the Forest of Dean District Council calling for our MP to lobby the Government to make "Dognapping" a stand alone criminal offence with an appropriate mandatory prison sentence.
On Saturday, I launched a petition to this effect, collecting over one hundred signatures from shoppers in Lydney. A number of local shops have agreed to have forms on their counters to gather signatures. This week, colleagues will be approaching veterinary practices for their support
This is a non political campaign which I hope will attract support from across the spectrum in the Forest of Dean.
Please call me on 0781 638 1909 if you require any further information
District Councillor (UKIP Bream)