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Everyone knows that a dog is a great family addition and everyone in Essex loves their dog.
Sergeant Ben Felton, one of our Rural Engagement Team Sergeants, said:
“No-one should have to face the distress of losing their dog because of someone else’s callous act.
“I want to reassure our dog-lovers in Essex that incidents of dog theft are low and we want to keep it that way.
“We’ve always worked hard to deter those intent on this type of crime, and I want to show the public the strength of my team’s commitment to tackling the issue.”
Pet abduction is being considered as new criminal offence in England under the government’s 2021 proposal to combat this crime.
Speaking about the proposed changes, Sergeant Felton, explained:
“The proposal is a recommendation by the pet theft taskforce.
"Changes to the act would give us an additional tool to halt this crime by making it more difficult for thieves to abduct and sell on dogs, to bring perpetrators to justice and the penalties will reflect the theft’s impact on dog owners.”
Last year, we launched Op Re-unite, led by Chief Inspector Terry Balding, our response to intelligence concerning illegal breeding and organised dog thefts, resulting in new cross-border practices with our neighbouring forces to track down thieves and to prosecute anyone involved in pet-related crimes as well as reuniting owners and their dogs.
Our advice to dog owners to keep their dogs safe is as follows:
If you think your dog has been stolen, or you have information regarding dog theft, call us on 101 or in an emergency 999.
You can also report concerns and crime online through our digital 101 service.
Alternatively, you can give information to independent charity Crimestoppers completely anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Essex Police are working in collaboration with DogLost UK.
DogLost are the UK’s largest free lost and found dog service and have reunited more than 60,000 missing dogs with their owners.
For more information and advice visit their website.
Our aim is simple: to encourage dog owners and walkers to be the additional eyes, ears and paws within our community and be part of the extended policing family.
Dog owners and walkers are familiar with the area in which they reside and can spot anything out of place or suspicious whilst walking the dog.
Dog walking takes place at all times of the day, making dog walkers uniquely placed to spot suspicious activity.
When you sign up as a member you will receive by email:
For more information visit our Dog Watch page.