Dog theft is a massive issue, that has only grown over lockdown as demand for dogs soared.
Dogs are a member of family - not just a possession. Their value extends far beyond a monetary figure. The stories of families having their beloved pet stolen are heartbreaking. I've put together a survey below to measure the experience of Cheshire residents. I will be passing on the strength of your views to both senior officers in Cheshire police, and Home Office and Justice Ministers to make sure they know this is a priority for Cheshire.
Moving forward, I believe the best approach to crack down on this crime is twofold:
1) A review of sentencing structures, to take into account the unique nature of a pet - as they are currently classified simply as a possession.
2) An active policing focus on the issue of dog theft, especially in hot spots - with dedicated community policing contacts.
If elected as Cheshire's Police and Crime Commissioner on 6th May - I pledge to work to deliver both.
You can find more information to help keep your pet safe from the RSPCA here.