Stolen more than two years ago but reunited for Christmas

puggy-1-copy“What would your best ever Christmas present be ?” said DogLost’s Jayne Hayes as she called the owner of a Pug stolen more than two years ago.

Owner Maurice Loscombe couldn’t quite believe his ears when he heard that his beloved Pug, Puggy, had been scanned at a vets 45 miles away. “Oh, my God” he screamed “I can’t believe it, I’m going to cry.”

The first long term reunited of the Christmas season was the result of Wild Boar Vets in Worksop scanning Puggy when he came in with an unsuspecting owner. Using the DogLost Halo scanner Puggy’s chip flagged up the need to contact DogLost.

Said Sharon Clayton: “This is the first time this has happened to us and it demonstrates the importance of scanning. We are so happy for the owner, and Puggy was so pleased to see him.”

Puggy was originally stolen in a house burglary in Beeston, Leeds in March 2014 and sold on twice. Said Jayne Hayes: There are two victims here, Maurice and the unsuspecting family who bought Puggy seven weeks ago.”

Gundog theft initiative

day1-stats2016bThis week highlights the plight of gundogs who are increasingly being stolen for breeding or the black market

Gundog Theft Awareness week seeks to raise awareness of the number of gun dogs stolen every year. The breeds most commonly stolen are Labradors, Springer Spaniels and Cocker Spaniels and DogLost statistics reveal that in 2015, 356 Labradors, 276 Cocker Spaniels and 168 Springer Spaniels went missing – mainly stolen.

Run by the Pet Theft Awareness team, they will be offering advice to owners on how to keep dogs safe, what to do if they become a victim and buying and selling gundog puppies.

The awareness campaign is being run through social media and DogLost and its partners in the Stolen and Missing Pets Alliance are supporting the initiative.

 

 

Dramatic rescue at Beachy Head

bonnie-rescue-2A field spaniel who went missing on Sunday from near the Bomber Command Memorial on Beachy Head on the south coast, was rescued dramatically yesterday by coastguards and fire and rescue.

The spaniel Bonnie was feared to have fallen from Beachy Head when she couldn’t been found by DogLost or the owner’s family – one of whom thought she heard her bark near the cliffs.

Eastbourne and Birling Gap Coastguard were assisted by Newhaven together with East Sussex Fire & Rescue. Teams scaled down the cliffs and spent two hours trying to locate Bonnie and when the owner’s son Andrew arrived and called her name, her faint barking identified the spot.

bonnie-rescue-1Bonnie was found 25ft deep down the cliff face in a crevice just 18 inches wide. It was a delicate and chancy operation to get her out. A member of the Fire & Rescue rescued her and both were hauled to the top by Coastguards using rope rescue equipment where she was reunited with her owners.

DogLost’s East Sussex Area Co-ordinator, Gina Clarke was on hand to support the family and she said “It was touch and go as to whether the crew would be able to get her out. We are so grateful to the crews for the three hours they spent on the rescue and I am pleased to report that Bonnie was unscathed.”

The touching moment when Bonnie was reunited was captured by Gina, along with a crew from Hat Trick Productions who has been following Bonnie’s case.

 

DogLost condemns ‘dognapping’ storyline in Emmerdale

emmerdaleA dognapping story line in ITV soap Emmerdale  has enraged the country’s animal lovers as they have taken to social media to vent their anger.

In last night’s episode, characters Charity Dingle and Ross Barton plot to steal a Samoyed by luring it away with food.

Whilst DogLost would encourage raising the awareness of dog theft through the serious and sensitive inclusion of the subject in a drama, it cannot condone its trivialisation in a current story line in Emmerdale.

Thousands of dogs a year are stolen in the UK and DogLost works hard to support owners subjected to this crime. We work closely with police forces up and down the country and are campaigning with the Stolen and Missing Pets Alliance for tougher sentencing.

DogLost has made representations to the executive producer at Emmerdale asking for the story line to be amended with an appropriate outcome.

DogLost Co-ordinator walks for charity

sandie-megan-ppuBuckinghamshire Co-ordinator, Sandie Robertson and her  Old English Sheepdog, Megan, have been walking to raise money for Pedigree Paws Unite.

The 160 mile walk – with all 216 recognised dog breeds in the UK – is in aid of dog and children’s charities across the country. It’s organised by the Peek a Boo Trust, set up by the owners of DogLost’s celebrity supporter Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, Jilly, after she won Crufts three years ago.

ped-paws-uniteDogLost benefited from their first sponsored walk, Jilly’s Jolly Jaunt, and is encouraging members to sponsor Sandie and Megan after completing their leg in Cambridgeshire.

The walk continues all week at locations around the UK

You can donate through Virgin Money Giving and follow the walk on their Facebook page.

 

BBC report highlights dog theft

Youths The law and YouA report by the BBC has highlighted the growth in dog theft across the UK.

Using statistics obtained form Police forces around the country, the report identified the huge variation in reporting and the need for tougher sentencing.

The story was picked up by all regional TV news programmes and many of the BBC local radio stations.

Said DogLost spokesperson, Nik Oakley, “The report gave us the opportunity to talk about the growth of dog theft and the impact on owners. We were also able to highlight the fact that statistics demonstrate how police forces react to the crime rather than just the size of the crime.”

DogLost was featured in most of the programmes as well as offering case studies of stolen dogs for both radio and TV.

The story was also picked up by Radio 4’s You and Yours and on 5Live. It also made the headlines on Radio 2 and the BBC News Channel.

Together with Dartford MP, Gareth Johnson, DogLost was able to make the case for the need for tougher sentencing for dog thieves and a specific offence of pet theft.

Cruel hoaxer demands money for missing dogs

police-officersOwners of lost and stolen dogs are being asked to be on their guard for a man demanding money for their return.

Numerous owners have been called by a man who says he has their dog and will harm him if they don’t pay £400 or £500 into a Post Office. Owners who have asked for photographic evidence that he has the dog are faced with aggressive behaviour.

One owner – who asked not to be named – said, “Fortunately I had taken advice from DogLost and I immediately asked for some evidence that he had my dog. Although I had been warned it was a hoax, the caller was very abusive and threatening.”

Like most of the calls that are being made from the withheld number, this owner was told he had 10 minutes to take the money to the Post Office.

Said DogLost Police Coordinator, Jane Frankland “Sometimes he states he knows where owners live, but that’s impossible as only telephone numbers or emails are displayed on websites where the missing dog is listed.”

Unfortunately a number of dog owners have been taken in and police across a number of counties are investigating.

Owners confronted by a person demanding money for the return of their dog should phone the police on 101 immediately.

Anyone with information on the alleged extortionist should contact investigations@doglost.co.uk or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 in complete confidence.

 

Fear of fines leaves dogs unclaimed

dogscanned01There is evidence that since the introduction of compulsory microchipping at the beginning of the month, more dogs are being left unclaimed.

DogLost coordinators believe that the rise in unclaimed dogs is due to the fear of being fined £500 for not having a dog chipped.

A DogLost spokesperson said: “At this very early stage we think it is highly unlikely that an owner would be fined if they claimed their dog. Dog Wardens will advise owners to get their dog chipped within 21 days and they may subsequently check that.”

“We would urge all owners to claim their dogs and not be in fear of reprisals”

Keeping Your Dog Safe

Identification

  • Ensure your dog’s tag contains – owner’s name, postcode, and at least one contact number.
  • Ensure your dog is micro chipped – and that details are up to date.
  • Dog tattoo – a permanent and visible means of identifying your dog. The National Dog Tattoo Register can provide more details.

Never

  • Tie your dog up outside a shop
  • Leave your dog unaccompanied in a car
  • Leave your dog on its own in the garden
  • Give out information about your dog to strangers

Do

  • Use an extending lead if your dog’s recall is poor
  • Vary the time and location of your walks
  • Walk with a friend if you are worried
  • Increase your house security – a crime prevention officer will advise you
  • Consider a GPS tracker collar
  • Pre-register your dog with DogLost

Join our team of volunteers

PITP 2 copyDogLost simply wouldn’t be able to provide its unchallenged service to owners without the undying commitment of its volunteer network across the country.

From putting up posters and sharing across social networks to providing valuable advice, amassing intelligence and working with the police and other agencies, our volunteers are committed to helping dogs.

We have a network of volunteer co-ordinators supported by additional volunteers in each area. They are the people who support owners by offering advice, organising searches and where necessary, providing a shoulder to cry on.

DogLost also has a dedicated social media team whose role is to run our 40 or so Facebook groups in conjunction with local teams.

At head office level we have a wide range of volunteers working on anything from administration to fundraising and keeping the vast DogLost operation running smoothly.

Our volunteers receive training and support and will provide you with essential skills to help you get into work or provide a satisfying volunteering experience during retirement.

 

Current DogLost volunteering opportunities:

Area Volunteers

If you have a love of animals and the desire to help dogs be reunited with their owners then volunteering, as an Area volunteer will be a rewarding challenge. You will probably be the first point of contact for an owner.

Our Area Volunteers have good local knowledge and will be trained in the procedures of finding missing dogs. You will build up a network of contacts such as police stations, kennels, dog wardens, dog walkers etc. It is likely that you are already a DogLost helper.

Reporting to an Area Co-ordinator, you may also need to update dog registration details. You will be party to confidential information and must remember confidentiality at all times.

If you think you have what it takes, please contact pr@doglost.co.uk

Volunteer co-ordinator

If you have recently retired from a job where you were managing volunteers, then your experience could benefit DogLost.

We have grown to a position where we have more than 120 badged volunteers working in the field and in a variety of functions across administration, fundraising and PR.

If you are someone who can manage the volunteering function, ensure that our volunteers are supported and be responsible for recruiting more people then we would love to hear from you.

Whilst a love of animals would be terrific, organisational and people skills are far more important.

Please send your CV to pr@doglost.co.uk

PR/press intern

If you are in your last year at university – or have recently left – and want to gain a raft of experience working in a fast moving environment then a three month stint with DogLost will be rewarding and benefit your CV.

You should be able to identify good stories and write them up succinctly for a variety of channels and liaise with the media where necessary.

Working remotely, you will be in daily contact with other members of the DogLost team and there will be opportunities to get involved with fundraising, event planning and product launches.

Knowing a Poodle from a Pomeranian will be a bonus !

Please send your CV to pr@doglost.co.uk

Social Media Team members

You will live locally and work alongside the Area Co-ordinator and Volunteers in running one of our forty plus Facebook groups.

Ideally you will have been a member of Facebook for a while, but that is not as important as keeping the group up to date and acting as an important link between the website and our membership.

You will be expected to add new members, spot a spammer at 50 paces and get out important DogLost messages from the PR team.

This is an ideal volunteering opportunity for people who may be tied to the house, but enjoy communicating online.

We are also looking for one or two people to join our Twitter team.

If you think you have what it takes, please contact pr@doglost.co.uk