Specific Offence

Making pet theft a specific crime would give courts in England and Wales access to appropriate custodial sentences to act as a deterrent, provide appropriate punishment, and protect the public.

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"Along with many others, I have been working for over 5 years to achieve this stunning success. For the first time in legal history, the law now acknowledges the special status of domestic animals and after centuries of treating them like property, grants them the status of sentient creatures, recognising their value to the millions of people who cherish them. Along with my work to bring about the Hunting Act to criminalise hunting, this is an equally seminal moment for the protection of animals"

 - John Cooper QC

Why we need change

Dog theft crime continues to rise in the UK

The impact on the growing number of victims is devastating.

Driven by organised
crime


Some criminals see pet theft as a lucrative crime with minimal repercussions. 

Under the
Theft Act
1968


Pets are classified as property - a stolen Lab is the same as a stolen laptop.

Dogs are
stolen to be resold or bred


Some criminals see pet theft as a lucrative crime with minimal repercussions. 

Only 1% of dog theft crimes prosecuted

If caught, the sentence for stealing pets is generally a small fine or suspended sentence.

We need your help to make real change. 

"Through evidence-based campaigning and collaboration, we are fighting for this devastating and cruel crime to be taken seriously.  We need tougher sentences for those that would seek to make money from stealing a beloved pet - a family member - from  their home.  It's time for change, it's time for #PetTheftReform"  - Dr. Daniel Allen