Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Day 6: Preventative measures

We're getting close to the end of Pet Theft Awareness week but we still have lots to do! We have compiled a large list of simple steps you can take to help combat pet theft in the UK!

Dog owners:

  • Please don't leave your dog unattended at shops - ask someone to stay with your pet. 
  • Be vigilant that thieves will grab dogs from owners on walks.
  • Be aware that thieves will take pets from gardens. Consider installing CCTV.
  • Beware of strangers taking an interest in your dog.
  • Prepare images of your pets for immediate use if needed.
  • Keep your dog close when you are in open spaces so they cannot be easily grabbed
  • Inform anyone looking after your pets of your concerns. If your children are walking your dogs explain to them what could happen.
  • Keep your microchip records up to date. As from 2016 it will be mandatory as part of the compulsory microchipping legislation.
  • Never leave your dog unattended in a car.
  • Don't share with strangers your dog's personal details.
  • Register your dog on www.doglost.co.uk and hopefully you will never need to activate your account. Be sure to install the doglost app if you have an android phone or tablet.
  • Whilst micro-chipping will not prevent a theft it will increase the chances of getting your pet or horse back.

Horse owners:

  • Ensure your horse passport photos are up to date.
  • Visit your field at irregular hours - Don't follow routine
  • Ensure gates are padlocked when not in use.
  • Make notes of any suspicious vehicles in the area.
  • Ensure your tack is security marked.
  • Have photographs ready for instant use.
Please also, if you have not done so already, sign our petition by clicking on the following link:

We have also created a large graphic for you to share wherever you can online! Feel free to download this image to use on your website, facebook or blog - please share it as much as you can!

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