Thursday, 31 October 2013

Breeders Beware!

Let's make it harder for puppy thieves!
Thieves have stolen entire litters within minutes and the chances are your pups won’t be microchipped!
We’ve noticed in the past year several incidents of entire puppies (often with the bitch) stolen and never seen again.

A litter of puppies has a very high value. Each individual puppy is worth more than a laptop and thieves know this.
If you are well known for producing gundog puppies then be aware that you could be a target for professional thieves. Unless you make it very hard for them taking your puppies is a very easy crime to commit, so put yourself in the shoes of a criminal and consider how easy it would be to make a raid on your property.

A few simple measures can be enough to safeguard your puppies.
Ask yourself “how easy would it be to gain access to my dogs’ pen?”
If they are outside is there a sensor security light to make you aware of any intruders?
Consider improving locks and chains. If your puppies are inside then make sure window-locks are fitted and think about  locating the pen in a part of the house that would deter ‘smash-and-grab’ thieves.
It is worth investing in technology. CCTV really does deter and you can set it up to alert mobile devices if movement is captured.

Prepare for the worst!
When it comes to selling your puppies you need to be extra vigilant.
We know of puppies that have been snatched by people pretending to purchase during viewings.
Never be alone when potential buyers visit. Have a friend take number-plate car details and consider recording all viewings on a discrete webcam if you don’t have CCTV.

Can DNA technology help?
Yes, a sign on your pen outlining that your dog’s DNA profile is on file would deter thieves especially if they are repeat offenders. Thieves know the how important the use of DNA evidence is when it comes to convicting.
For £25 PetGen will extract and store the mother’s DNA which can be used in court as evidence should the puppies get stolen.!/~/product/category=6372330&id=27329597

Interesting relevant link:

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Have you seen them?

Have you seen them?

These are just a few of the hundreds of gundogs stolen each year.
Many of them are also pets and their owners are devastated to lose a family member.

Please share this image and inform if you recognise any of these dogs. is a network of dedicated dog lovers who work together to reunite dogs with their owners.

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Preventative Technology:

Security measures have moved on from locks and chains. Modern devices or measures needn’t cost much or take hours to setup so they are worth investing in.

CCTV is now affordable to everyone and easy to install.
For as little as £10 you can buy a webcam with software which activates recording if it senses movement and send your mobile phone an alert.
Even fake cameras act as a deterrent to opportunist thieves.

The Retrieva Collar is an outstanding piece of kit and if your dog is stolen it will give you the best chance of finding your dog.
The collar is extremely difficult to remove even with tools. If it is cut off  (or the signal is lost) then you will be alerted with the ability of seeing exactly where and when this happens. You can track your dog from your mobile phone or computer.

The Loc8tor includes four collar tags and a handheld finder. It doesn’t require a simcard as it works using radio frequencies – so no monthly contracts. Available for around £100 if you also purchase the essential splash-proof covers (sold separately).
The finder range is limited to about 100m in the field so its use would be better suited to the kennel.
For kennel security it has a boundary mode which alerts the handheld device if the fob leaves your set range.
Four separate fobs means four different dogs can be monitored – or you can save one fob for items and never lose your keys again!

PetGen offer DNA technology which will prove ownership of your dog should he/she be stolen and resold. Recently there have been legal disputes and a microchip registration might not necessarily prove ownership in court. For £25 your dog(s) DNA can be extracted and held on file for future use.
DNA storage and matching of samples has been effectively used in court to recover animals involved in dispute cases, where microchipping alone was deemed insufficient.

PetGen say:
Ideally you would take samples from each puppy as identification would be more accurate. You could technically prove ownership by showing that the puppies are the offspring of the bitch, but it may not look quite as good in a court case for example.”

Displaying a sign would deter thieves that your dogs are “too hot to handle”.

Monday, 28 October 2013

What to do if you are a victim?

Stolen Gundog : What to do immediately:

Whether it is a gundog or a pet the actions are the same.
The faster you act the better your chances of a safe return are.

Write down as much information as possible regarding the circumstances, vehicles in the area or anything which could help.

Contact the police a soon as you realise your dog is missing.

Contact friends and start an immediate search of the area.

Put a message out on Facebook including an image of your dog. Tell your friends to share. Tweet too with as much information as you can including a recent photo of your dog.

If you have not done so already activate your dog's details on and visit their site for help and information.

Update microchip details to a stolen status. Halo scanners will instantly state ‘missing’.

Stolen Gundog : The following days:

Put a poster up in your police station - possibly one of the police officers (or public) will see it and recognise your dog.

Consider putting posters in supermarkets especially if you think the theft of your gundog was by non-professional thieves.
Click here for a list of council dog wardens. It is worth calling them as hopefully thieves might abandon your dog if they are worried about getting caught.

Post a photo and details on as many relevant facebook pages as possible:
These pages will quickly reach many thousands of sympathetic people who can be your eyes and ears.
Vets Get Scanning
Kennel Club
Pet Theft

Trawl through places and websites where dogs are sold such as Gumtree.

Never give up hope as dogs sometimes turn up many years after being stolen. It only takes a warden or vet to scan your dog which had been sold to an unsuspecting buyer.
This can result in an ownership dispute so please retain all images of your dog which could be used as evidence. The police often regard dog theft disputes as “civil matters”  and some recent cases have been settled in court.

Sunday, 27 October 2013

It could happen to you!

For the victims the nightmare is only over once their dog has been returned.

You might think “it will happen to someone else” but thousands of valuable working dogs are taken each year and never returned. Be vigilant and be aware that dogs are being stolen by professional gangs as well as opportunists.

Dawn Maw’s gundog Angel was stolen from under her nose as she was putting her other three dogs into the back of her car in December 2012
Read her story:

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