Pet Theft Reform is the evidence-based campaign to make pet theft crime a specific offence with access to appropriate custodial sentences. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1. Dog theft crime continues to rise in the UK. The impact on the growing number of victims is devastating

2. Driven by organised crime, some criminals see dog theft as a low-risk, high-reward offence

3. Under the Theft Act 1968, pets are property - a stolen Labrador is a stolen laptop

 
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4. Dogs are stolen to order, to sell, to breed from at puppy farms, for ransom, and even for use as bait in illegal dog fighting

5. In recent years only 1% of dog theft crimes have led to a prosecution. If caught, the sentence for stealing pets is generally a small fine or suspended sentence

6. Pet Theft Reform would give courts access to appropriate custodial sentences to act as a deterrent, provide punishment, and protect the public 

 

What is Pet Theft Reform?

Pet Theft Reform is the evidence-based campaign to make pet theft crime a specific offence with access to appropriate custodial sentences. 

The Pet Theft Reform campaign was created by Dr Daniel Allen in collaboration with the Stolen and Missing Pets Alliance (Sampa) in 2018. Sampa have been lobbying to make pet theft a specific offence since 2014.

​Dr Allen's three government Pet Theft Reform petitions passed 100,000 signatures in three consecutive years; generating national media coverage, parliamentary debates, and gaining public, charity, and cross-party support.

  1. Reclassify the theft of a pet to a specific crime in its own right (2018) 

  2. Pet Theft Reform: Amend animal welfare law to make pet theft a specific offence (2019) 

  3. Make pet theft crime a specific offence with custodial sentences (2020) 

The Pet Theft Reform Team is now promoting a fourth government petition to show the growing public support for reform:

    4. Make dog theft a specific criminal offence (2021)

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